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    The conservatives have yet to weigh in.

    For many years now a number of large corporations have worked hard shuffling things from country to country [Ed.: Sometimes only on paper,] to reduce their taxes. This avoidance process has been aided by some countries -- Ireland comes to mind -- through the lowering of corporate tax rates...
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    Guns and Dr. Paul Krugman.

    A curious combination, to be sure. Dr. Paul Krugman's field is economics. He's the recipient of a Nobel Prize in that field. To my knowledge, and it's far from complete, he has said little about guns. What he has said, though, is that there are some theories [Ed.: The word 'theories' is used...
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    Data worth knowing.

    Australia forms a significantly large test case for the relationship between firearm accessibility and firearm deaths. The data is available on line. Given sufficient support and encouragement of their federal legislators by the American public, the level of gunshot deaths and woundings in the...
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    2 people have been arrested in the suspected road rage shooting death of a 6-year-old boy in California

    The headline: 2 people have been arrested in the suspected road rage shooting death of a 6-year-old boy in California The paragraph: "Aiden Leos was sitting in a booster seat as his mother drove him to kindergarten on California Highway when he was shot on May 21, CNN previously reported. He...
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    A Curious Relationship.

    It's my impression that those who live in our southern states trend toward being supporters of Mr. Donald Trump. Some have called these the 'red' states. [Ed.: Amusing that 'red' is a term used to denote communism, nu?] As supporters of Mr. Trump, they would probably like to see him get lots of...
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    Two Observations.

    Observation the first. The political party which represents the southern US states has changed from time to time. It is because of a change in the beliefs of the parties, not of the people who live in those states. Observation the second. Much effort by the political parties has gone into...
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    The Independent Investigation of the Assault on the Capital.

    It appears that Senate Minority Leader Addison McConnell will thwart efforts for the formation of an independent commission similar to the 9/11 commission to investigate the events of the attack on the nation's Capital. He well may be right in doing so. One of the functions of such a commission...
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    Those $300 dollar relief checks.

    There's been some brouhaha over the federal $300 checks mailed to those who are currently not working. It's centered on the belief that people receiving them are well-enough off with the checks and other state unemployment payments that they see no need to return to work. A number of states...
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    Two numbers.

    The United States of America, at present, represents 4.3% of the total population of the world. The United States of America, at present, has reported 17% of the total world deaths from the4 Covid-19 viral epidemic. Regards, stay safe 'n well.
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    Cyclic Issues.

    There are, it seems, some 'issues'* which are never resolved but rise and fall in public awareness again and again. One presently out of vogue is the US national debt. [Yes, I know the Republicans are presently making much of the cost of President Joseph Biden's proposed infrastructure package...
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    CRIME 6 victims in shooting at Colorado Springs birthday party, suspected gunman takes own life

    The link: https://www.9news.com/article/news/crime/colorado-springs-shooting-multiple-victims/73-428e2525-2e0d-4c6e-a716-6badf26bedea The quote: "Six people were killed in a shooting early Sunday morning during a birthday party at a Colorado Springs, Colorado, mobile home, according to police...
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    Biden dismisses McConnell's pledge to focus 'on stopping this new administration'

    The link: https://www.cnn.com/2021/05/05/politics/biden-mcconnell-100-stopping-new-administration/index.html The quote: '"One hundred percent of my focus is on stopping this new administration," McConnell responded, turning away from the actual question that was asked. "I think the best way of...
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    Former Ethics Chief Slams Cruz’s Warning To ‘Woke’ CEOs As ‘Most Openly Corrupt’ Ever

    The link: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/ted-cruz-walter-shaub-republicans_n_608f1ca7e4b0c15313f54bc2 The quote: "This time,” he wrote, “we won’t look the other way on Coca-Cola’s $12 billion in back taxes owed. This time, when Major League Baseball lobbies to preserve its multibillion-dollar...
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    A Georgia Tale of Two Numbers.

    Actually, the tale concerns the state legislature of Georgia. Here are the two numbers. In Georgia, there were 24 cases of individual voter fraud in 2020 which were referred for prosecution. 24. In Georgia, there were 1,695 documented deaths by gunshot. 1,695. There were 70 times as many...
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    Democratic Party Proposals, Item by Item.

    Very little space, either air time, print columns or even for posts on forums such as this one, is devoted to detailed discussion of individual proposals. True, there are a lot of proposals. Some of them, though, merit careful consideration. As an example, the proposal to extend free...
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    An hours-long standoff in North Carolina leaves five dead, including two sheriff's deputies

    The link: https://www.cnn.com/2021/04/28/us/north-carolina-watauga-county-deputies-shot/index.html The quote: "This is an incredibly tragic situation, and our thoughts and prayers are with everyone involved as well as their families and our community," Watauga County Sheriff Len Hagaman said...
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    "Just the facts." Sgt. Joe Friday.

    The least deadly way to minimize the danger of the Covid-19 virus in a population is through vaccination. Masks are neither 0% nor 100% effective. Masks work two ways; they help to protect the wearer and, if the wearer carries the virus, they help to protect those around the wearer...
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    A first step.

    One doesn't have to be very politically aware to feel that the United States of today isn't that of, say, the 1950's - 1980's. Many things have changed. Our lives now seem to lack a degree of security we took for granted back then. Our governments remain as defined by the Constitution, but they...
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    Political pejoratives.

    In today's rough and tumble political linguistics, words and phrases are routinely ripped from their denotative meanings and imbued with derogatory connotations. They're then thrown about, willy-nilly. A case in point is the current favorite within some circles: 'identity politics'. It is...
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    Cui bono?

    Time and again on this and other political forums, a thread devolves into a series of unflattering images/cartoons of President Joseph Biden followed by the same of Mr. Donald Trump. Alternately, there may be back-to-back personal insults between two posters. There's no exploration of an issue...
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