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    Today, 04:46 PM
    Houston Chief of Police Art Acevedo warned Sunday that “inaction of elected officials” against gun violence means there will be more school shootings like the one that killed nine students and a teacher last week in Santa Fe, Texas. “People at the state level and the federal level in too many places in our country are not doing anything other than offering prayers,” Acevedo said on Sunday’s Face the Nation program. The “vast majority” of gun owners in the United States “are pragmatic and actually support gun sense and gun reform in terms of keeping guns in the right hands,” Acevedo said. “We need to start using the ballot box and ballot initiatives to take the matters out of the hands of people that are doing nothing that are elected into the hands of the people to see that the will of the people in this country is actually carried out.” Asked what specific laws could have prevented the Santa Fe shooting, where the shooter apparently used guns legally obtained by his father and no semi-automatic rifle was used, Acevedo urged tougher criminal liability for those who do not adequately secure their firearms. More at: https://thinkprogress.org/houston-police-chief-vote-out-gun-rights-elected-officials-6b55c393cc9e/
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    Today, 04:20 PM
    What if they do and he wins his trial? It could get interesting.
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    Today, 04:02 PM
    You should make a habit of forcing yourself to read the entire post that you reply to. Let me help: Edged weapons altered that equation but strength and skill still gave a great enough advantage to be tempting, guns allow any potential victim to point and click to deliver death to an assailant, it changes the calculation much more than edged weapons did. Guns prevent much more crime than they facilitate, you must remember that most of the crimes in which guns are used would have taken place without them but most of the crimes they prevent wouldn't have been prevented without them.
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    Today, 03:22 PM
    Sweden has become a country of Dumb-Blondes.
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    Today, 03:21 PM
    That is where it is heading.
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    Today, 03:10 PM
    I think people can figure that out without your help.
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    Today, 03:08 PM
    Without guns there would be more crime, in ancient times the strong could prey upon the weak with impunity, edged weapons altered that equation but strength and skill still gave a great enough advantage to be tempting, guns allow any potential victim to point and click to deliver death to an assailant, it changes the calculation much more than edged weapons did. Guns prevent much more crime than they facilitate, you must remember that most of the crimes in which guns are used would have taken place without them but most of the crimes they prevent wouldn't have been prevented without them.
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    Today, 02:53 PM
    Less guns = more crime More guns = less crime Deterrence can't be perfect but it is effective.
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    Today, 02:38 PM
    Not all tragedies can be averted zip, but more guns = less crime.
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    Today, 01:30 AM
    The suspect in Friday's school shooting may be considered an adult in Texas state courts, but he cannot face the death penalty, according to a 2005 federal Supreme Court ruling. For 100 years, Texas has considered 17-year-olds to be adults when they commit crimes, according to research from The Marshall Project. And Dimitrios Pagourtzis was charged Friday as an adult with capital murder and aggravated assault on a peace officer. But the 2005 high court ruling that bans execution of criminals younger than 18 and a 2012 ruling about juveniles facing life in prison mean that Pagourtzis could be up for parole after 40 years. “The courts ruled based on the idea that those 17 and younger don’t have the cognitive development to appreciate right from wrong,” said Michael Radelet, a University of Colorado at Boulder sociology professor who has testified in more than 75 death-penalty cases. More at: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2018/05/19/texas-shooter-no-death-penalty/626609002/
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    Today, 01:13 AM
    A stream of lava threatened to block a key Hawaii highway on Saturday that serves as an escape route for coastal residents, while the first known serious injury was reported from fresh explosive eruptions from the Kilauea volcano."A homeowner on Noni Farms Road who was sitting on a third-floor balcony got hit with lava spatter," said Janet Snyder, a spokesperson for the Office of the Mayor, County of Hawaii. "It hit him on the shin and shattered everything there down on his leg," she said, adding that lava spatters "can weigh as much as a refrigerator and even small pieces of spatter can kill." No other information was immediately available. As magma destroyed four more homes, molten rock from two huge cracks merged into a single stream, threatening to block escape routes. It was expected to hit Highway 137 overnight if it kept up its rate and direction of flow, the County of Hawaii's Civil Defense Agency said. Authorities are trying to open up a road that was blocked by lava in 2014 to serve as an alternative escape route should Highway 137 or another exit route, Highway 130, be blocked, Jessica Ferracane of the National Park Service told reporters. The park service is working to bulldoze almost a mile of hardened lava out of the way on nearby Highway 11, which has been impassable, she added. The Hawaii National Guard has warned of mandatory evacuations if more roads become blocked. For weeks, geologists have warned that hotter, fresher magma from Kilauea's summit would run underground and emerge some 25 miles east in the lower Puna district, where older, cooler lava has already destroyed 44 homes and other structures. "Summit magma has arrived," U.S. Geological Survey scientist Wendy Stovall said on a conference call with reporters. "There is much more stuff coming out of the ground and its going to produce flows that will move much further away." Fountains of bright orange lava were seen spouting at least 20-feet high, and spewing rivers of molten rock on Saturday.
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    Today, 12:43 AM
    India is seeking assurances from Saudi Arabia, OPEC's biggest producer, that oil prices will remain "stable and moderate," its government said in a statement on Friday. Energy minister Dharmendra Pradhan spoke with Saudi oil minister Khalid Al-Falih late on Thursday to "express his concern about rising prices and its negative impact on consumers and the Indian economy," it said. "We're not saying oil should be $25 a barrel, it should be at a price that is reasonable," Sanjay Sudhir, joint secretary for international cooperation at India's energy ministry, told CNNMoney. "$80 is way above a reasonable price, this is not a market-driven price." Indian concerns about oil price rises are understandable. Low oil prices played a big role in making it the world's fastest growing major economy in the recent years. Every $10 increase in the price of a barrel knocks 0.2% to 0.3% off India's growth rate, according to the country's latest economic survey. More at: https://www.local10.com/automotive/india-is-freaking-out-about-rising-oil-prices
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    Yesterday, 11:38 PM
    Former Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Friday that it was "tragically necessary" for parents to pull their children out of school en masse until U.S. gun laws are changed. In a tweet, the former Obama administration official asked what would happen if no children went to school until "gun laws changed to keep them safe." "My family is all in if we can do this at scale. Parents, will you please join us?" he asked. More at: http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/388468-obama-education-secretary-pull-children-out-of-schools-until Be careful what you wish for Arne.
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    Yesterday, 11:36 PM
    The Trump administration is doubling down on its efforts to undo Obama-era fair-housing policies in the wake of a lawsuit alleging that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development had wrongfully suspended a requirement that communities address barriers to racial integration. HUD on Friday evening announced that it is withdrawing a computer assessment tool that provides communities with data and maps to help them gauge neighborhood segregation. The tool, developed during the Obama administration, was meant to help communities comply with a little-enforced provision of the 1968 Fair Housing Act that compelled local governments to use federal dollars to end residential segregation. But HUD on Friday said the tool was “confusing, difficult to use, and frequently produced unacceptable assessments.” “We believe in furthering fair housing choice in our neighborhoods, but we have to help, not hinder those who have to put our rules into practice,” Anna Maria Farías, HUD’s assistant secretary for fair housing and equal opportunity, said in a statement. “We must make certain that our tools can facilitate the goals we all share — to build inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination.” A 2015 rule required more than 1,200 communities receiving federal housing dollars to use the tool to assess local segregation patterns and draft a plan to correct them — or risk losing HUD funding. The tool contained questions for local governments to answer, by referring to the data and maps provided by HUD, about policies and practices that influence housing patterns. In addition to analyzing residential segregation, communities were supposed to examine areas of poverty concentrated by race as well as disparities in accessing jobs and quality schools. HUD Secretary Ben Carson had suspended that rule in January, prompting the lawsuit last week by a coalition of fair-housing advocates.
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    Yesterday, 11:32 PM
    Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has cast himself as a reformer, advocating equality for women and granting them the right to drive. But in the past few days, Saudi activists who called for exactly those things were arrested, accused by the authorities of undermining national security and branded “traitors” in pro-government newspapers. The unusually vicious state-led crackdown has targeted Saudi Arabia’s most prominent women’s rights advocates, including activists who led the first protests against the driving ban decades ago and were jailed for their defiance. The arrests have been puzzling for their timing — occurring just weeks before the driving ban is set to be lifted. But Saudis have also been stunned by the gravity of the charges and the deeply personal attacks on the activists, whose pictures were circulated in government-friendly media outlets in what human rights groups called a smear campaign intended to silence calls for women’s rights. More at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/in-harsh-saudi-crackdown-famous-feminists-are-branded-as-traitors/2018/05/19/b3bc3502-5b63-11e8-9889-07bcc1327f4b_story.html?utm_term=.94b5791901a9
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    Yesterday, 10:55 PM
    I see, I guess it depends on what associations they put on "crusader", perhaps "inquisitor" would be a good idea.
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    Yesterday, 10:28 PM
    Illinois senators this week overwhelmingly voted to allow sick children to bring medical marijuana with them to school, the Chicago Tribune reported. The state Senate passed the measure 50-2 on Thursday, approving qualified students to consume medical marijuana on school premises. Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) now has 60 days to act on the bill. According to the bill, students would not be allowed to smoke medical marijuana on campus and school officials would have to ensure marijuana's usage wouldn’t disrupt other students, the newspaper reported. Parents, guardians and caregivers would be allowed to administer drops or oil at school, but school personnel would not be required to. More at: http://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/388485-illinois-senate-votes-to-allow-children-to-bring-medical-marijuana-to
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    Yesterday, 10:22 PM
    Not if it has taken root.
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    Yesterday, 09:45 PM
    They would lose all the moderates that are willfully ignorant of their true nature.
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    Yesterday, 08:53 PM
    Only if it has Russian dressing.
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    Yesterday, 08:01 PM
    Connecticut is working to actively recruit LGBT families to adopt and foster children, even as other states pass laws allowing agencies to ban them. The Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF) has launched an outreach campaign and will begin working with LGBT organizations and community centers to encourage people to apply to become adoptive or foster parents, according to The Associated Press. Similar efforts are also underway in New York City and San Francisco. Gov. Dannel Malloy (D) said that he wants Connecticut to be known as a state that welcomes the LGBT community, adding that more than 4,000 children are in state care and about half of them likely won't return to their biological parents. “We just have to get this word out,” he said. “We have to get more of our children placed with our families in our state.” #CT has long been a leader for the rights of #LGBT individuals. On any given day in our state, over 4,000 children are living in foster care. We want to spread the message that ALL families are valued as potential foster and adoptive families. ️* https://t.co/jYsWzYPgg8 — Governor Dan Malloy (@GovMalloyOffice) May 17, 2018DCF commissioner Joette Katz said that there are about 100 LGBT adoptive families in the state’s system, and that her goal is to more than double that number by January. “There are hundreds, if not thousands, of families that have a lot of love to give,” she said.
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    Yesterday, 07:32 PM
    Мы все руссики, теперь товарищи
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    Yesterday, 07:29 PM
    Helicopter airlifts trapped residents as lava from Hawaii volcano speeds up, air quality diminisheshttps://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2018/05/19/hawaii-volcano-helicopter-rescues-trapped-residents-lava-speeds-up/625715002/?utm_source=feedblitz&utm_medium=FeedBlitzRss&utm_campaign=usatoday-newstopstories
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    Yesterday, 07:27 PM
    Russian President Vladimir Putin told Syrian President Bashar al-Assad Thursday that "foreign armed forces" would leave Syria, according to Syria's state-run news agency, SANA.Assad was on a surprise visit to Russia. He and his counterpart hailed the beginning of the "political process" in Syria amid an ongoing "fight against terrorism." "We presume that, in connection with the significant victories and success of the Syrian army in the fight against terrorism, with the onset of a more active part, with the onset of the political process in its more active phase, foreign armed forces will be withdrawn from the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic," Putin said after Thursday's meeting. More at: https://www.cnn.com/2018/05/18/middleeast/assad-putin-intl/index.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%253A+rss%252Fcnn_topstories+(RSS%253A+CNN+-+Top+Stories)
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