If you want to be a little different about not wanting the government to get into health care via a one payer system, but don't want to go with the oft quoted and tired "death panels", here's a new twist you can use: circumcision panels. The CDC is thinking about a national campaign in the US to circumcise all boys to help prevent the spread of HIV. They are basing this on the studies in Africa that show heterosexual men that are circumcised can reduce the risk of contracting HIV. Needless to say, that it does nothing to help men that are in the high risk categories, like homosexuals or IV drug users. Why this becomes entangled with the government run health care runs two ways. One way is that they could decide this is what has to be done to help stop the spread of HIV in America. Even though the studies show a statistical decrease among the high risk groups, those that are not in those groups would not be given a choice. Whether you want to or not, your little man will be put on the chopping block. The other, and more likely scenario will be that they will decide that it is simply not worth the money and will not fund it at all. Already Medicaid does not pay to have the procedure done. Either way, you lose. You lose the choice to keep it or have it removed according to you beliefs. We just need to come up with some catchy slogans to put on our "mass produced" signs that we individually make and carry at these rallies. h/t to David Harsanyi
Arthur Frommer who is the author of several travel guides states in his blog that while "civilians carry loaded weapons onto the sidewalks and as a means of political protest" he will not be visiting the state of Arizona. Evidently Mr. Frommer has been watching too much MSNBC. As far as I know, none of the people were using the weapons in an improper or intimidating manner and within the confines of the laws of Arizona. Even the Secret Service was not overly concerned about them. He also states "I not only believe such practices are a threat to the future of our democracy, but I am firmly convinced that they would also endanger my own personal safety there." I am concerned that Mr. Frommer, who is a former member of the US Army, obviously does not believe in the ammendments that he supposedly swore to defend when he was drafted into the Army. And obviously his history is a little rusty as he does not know that those rights are there to help keep this republic. As to his safety, I would hazard a guess that he probably would have been in the safest area in Arizona at that time. I definitely advocate open carry within what the law will allow and to do so at a political rally is no different than if they had been at the 7-11. Granted not too many people openly carry an AR-15 in public areas, and is not my preferred style for carry purposes, but I say more power to them. The only way the public in general and the panty wetters in D.C. are going to realize that we have this guaranteed right is by showing them that these tools can be owned and used by law-abiding people and to quit restricting our access to them, as opposed to prosecuting the people who misuse or use them for unlawful purposes.
According to the TSA website, the toys were considered "Realistic Replicas of Firearms" which cannot be in the carry on luggage. Since the highly trained, elite employees of the TSA goose-step to their own beat, they didn't care about an 8 year-old boy who had recently lost his father to cancer. They didn't care that the "weapons" were nothing but plastic toys. The rules are the rules and everyone must follow them. They also did not give them the option of mailing them to their home or placing them in their checked baggage. That the TSA agents were then seen playing with the toys just underscores the absurdity of the situation.
I understand that these regulations were supposedly put in place for our "protection", but I also know that TSA agents have taken some leeway in enforcing them.
Fortunately the people at Disney heard what happened and sent the boy replacement toys.
This just underscores "Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."-Benjamin Franklin
Take back your liberty by being responsible for yourself.
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