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Donald Trump piñatas | September 2, 2015

Has escuchado sobre las piñatas de Donald Trump?

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A Taser is not a Phaser | August 31, 2015

In Star Trek the Phaser (set to stun) is a merciful weapon that renders its target unconscious with no ill effects.

In the real world the Taser is a non-lethal weapon that is all too often quite lethal.
As law enforcement agencies come to rely more and more on Tasers as a less lethal alternative to guns, Taser-related deaths are on the rise.
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Are we there yet? | August 29, 2015

Kids are so impatient.

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Hate Map | August 26, 2015

The Southern Poverty Law Center has a Hate Map that shows the location of all your favorite hate groups. Scroll down the linked page to see it.

I've got some bad new folks; Chicago is infested with Nazis. I Hate Illinois Nazis. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ukFAvYP3UU
There are currently 784 hate groups operating in the United States.
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Minimum Basic Income | August 24, 2015

Finland is reforming their welfare system and they’re considering providing a basic income to the unemployed without any need for work.
The Finnish government of Juha Sipila is considering a pilot project that would give everyone of working age a basic income.
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Is the Right To Be Forgotten Censorship? | August 22, 2015

What’s more effective than banning access to information? Preventing people from knowing that the information even exits.
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Gun Ownership and Homicide | September 1, 2015

Does having high gun ownership rates correlate with high homicide rates? Except for Louisiana and Arkansas; no it doesn't.

The first chart shows from left to right the homicide rates per 100,000 for each state in red and the percentage of the population that owns guns in blue 

The second chart shows the percentage of people that owns guns and the corresponding homicide rates for each state. It starts with Wyoming (59.7% of adults own firearms) to the District of Columbia with only a 3.6% ownership rate.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gun_violence_in_the_United_States_by_state
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It's the same when you go nation by nation. No correlation.
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A Forewarning of a Trump Presidency? | August 30, 2015

It's not too late to change the future.
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The First Gun Rights Debate | August 28, 2015

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

When Congress was debating whether or not to include a bill of rights and if so, what it should include; many different amendments were proposed. Among those proposals were several different versions of what eventually became the second amendment.

These versions; while not adopted show the general attitude the members of Congress held regarding the right to keep and bear arms.

They not only make clear that the right to keep and bear arms is separate from participation in the militia; they also show that the militia was composed of the people and not a professional standing army such as the National Guard.

Madison Resolution June 8, 1789¹

”The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed; a well armed, and well regulated militia being the best security of a free country: but no person religiously scrupulous of bearing arms, shall be compelled to render military service in person.”

Amendments proposed by the Virginia Convention June 27, 1788²

”That the people have a right to keep and bear arms; that a well regulated Militia composed of the body of the people trained to arms is the proper, natural and safe defense of a free State. That standing armies in time of peace are dangerous to liberty, and therefore ought to be avoided, as far as the circumstances and protection of the Community will admit; and that in all cases the military should be under strict subordination to and governed by the Civil power.”

Amendments proposed by the New York Convention July 26, 1788³

”That the people have a right to keep and bear Arms; that a well regulated Militia, including the body of the People, capable of bearing Arms, is the proper, natural and safe defense of a free State.”

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¹ http://www.consource.org/document/madisons-resolution-for-amendments-to-the-constitution-1789-6-8/

² http://www.let.rug.nl/usa/documents/1786-1800/the-anti-federalist-papers/amendments-proposed-by-the-virginia-convention-(june-27-1788)-.php

³ http://avalon.law.yale.edu/18th_century/ratny.asp

Veit, Helen E., Bowling, Kenneth R. and Charlene Bangs Bickford. Creating the Bill of Rights. Maryland: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1991. Print. pg 12, pg 19 pg 22
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For Americans under 30 it’s OK to be a little gay | August 27, 2015

A survey by YouGov found that 31% of Americans under 30 are not completely heterosexual.

Which I would extrapolate to mean that 31% of Americans over 30 are not completely heterosexual either but they just won’t admit it.
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Presidential Polling Prescience | August 25, 2015

With the first Republican primary still 4 months away should poll numbers be taken seriously? If the past two election are any guide; no.

If polls taken at this point in time during the 2008 Presidential race were indicative of the final outcome, the election would have resulted in Rudolph Giuliani beating Hillary Clinton.

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2008 Republican Presidential Nomination http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2008/president/us/2008_republican_presidential_nomination-2741.html

2012 Republican Presidential Nomination: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2012/president/us/republican_presidential_nomination-1452.html#polls
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Birthright Citizenship | August 23, 2015

The 14th Amendment states that anyone born in the United States is a citizen:

All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

The same Republicans who want to kick out and keep out undocumented immigrants also want to deny their children the right to be US citizens.

The Wall Street Journal Law Blog has an informative article on the Birthright Citizenship issue.
Several Republican presidential candidates have said they would deny U.S. citizenship to children of illegal immigrants, ending “birthright citizenship” in the country. The issue has a long pedigree in American constitutional law. A primer:
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