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Question: there is a command in *nix that allows you to ping with a single response, rather than a continual string of responses. Anyone know what that is?

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I am excited to see our Governor (Sam Brownback, Rep., Kans.) taking care after the Constitution and our rights to life, liberty and property. I hope that this stands for the whole of the Constitution and that he stands against the modern misinterpretation of the Supremacy Clause. The Federal Government's supremacy has force in those cases where they are enforcing the constitution itself "and laws of the United States made in pursuance thereof" not every law that they create without regard to their Constitutionality. Or Else why were the 9th and 10th Amendments written? If the Supremacy Clause declares all federal laws as supreme those two amendments are a vapor.

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This is an explanation of the my new cover/banner image on Google+
These are numbers of folks that are killed annually by Americans:

150 in mass shootings
This has been pretty constant for close to (or over) 30 years running now.

10,000 - make that 12,000 are gun deaths
This does not include suicides, but does include all 'justifiable' homicide like any police-initiated shooting and self-defense. When including suicide, it is more like 32,000. It should probably be more like 12,000 when excluding suicide.

100,000 are casualties in the "War on Terror"
This is based on the average of the deaths that have occurred in the Middle East and Pakistan since the Second Gulf War started. That number is measured to be between one and three million depending on things like counting missing people as dead, counting deaths related to destroyed infrastructure (power outages, destroyed hospitals, etc.), fratricide, collateral damage, military dead, etc. It includes Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and Pakistan. If you take the lowest estimate and average it out over 10 years, it comes to roughly 100,000/year.

1,200,000 are abortions
I gather that this number is generally-agreed upon. The reason that I am so guarded is that it seems like a number that big would be embarrassing to the left, and they would dispute it (in the same way that I am surprised that Madeleine Albright never disagreed that 500,000 children died as a result of the "Oil for Food" program).
1.2M is a recent decrease from the middle of the last decade where it was estimated that 1.5M were aborted annually. I have a few times recently heard that decrease attributed to the morning after pill (and so-called emergency contraception), which is arguably still abortion.

It is convenient to love those cute little seven-year-olds that died in Newtown, while neglecting the ones that never see the light of day. But it is still murder. The biggest difference is that the perpetrators kill far more, they use medication and medical implements, and they have government permission.
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There is mounting evidence that Americans are more afraid of government than terrorists. Polls from right- and left-leaning news outfits, polling organizations, and pundits indicate increasing fear of our surveillance state.

Back in 2005, Jerry Falwell said that Hurricane Katrina was God's judgment for our wickedness. Someone in my family rightly pointed out that it would be presumption to say that you know such a thing. So, let's assume that it's not God's judgment.

What would he judge us for? How long would it take before he would do it? How bad would it have to be? And how would we know why he did it?

And is it reasonable to assume that Hurricane Katrina, 9/11, Sandy Hook, the Boston Bombing, the OKC Bombing, etc. are all the outpouring of his kindness upon us for our faithfulness to keep his commandments?

I am not necessarily agreeing with Falwell. I am merely asking, would God ever judge us? If so why? If not, why not? And how is that fair to Sodom, Babylon, Rome, and so many others?

Over the past 20 years we have remained constant in the number that have died in mass shootings in the U.S. (around 150). And we have had a history of school shootings that goes back around 200 years. But if you measure mass shootings statistically, they make up ½ of a percent of a percent of a percent of the U.S. population annually, while deaths by abortion measure at nearly ½ of a percent (1.2 million and around 1.5 if you count RU-486). We could save as many children in one year of abolishing abortion (and the “morning after” pill) as in 10,000 years without mass shootings.

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Would there ever come a point when we would step back and say, maybe the reason that they hate us stems from the fact that we are killing their innocents? Is it possible that we (with our 'preemptive war' policy have struck the first blow to our own destruction)? Would we hate what we do in the gulf and Pakistan more if we could see what it looked like more (as we did in Boston)? I think that if we would stop and empathize with those that have lost their innocent loved ones, we would potentially stop much unnecessary bloodshed on our own soil. Consider, this one day in Boston was like so many days in Pakistan, or many places in the Gulf.
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