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    Quote Originally Posted by babyblob View Post
    To try and get a way from the whole China thing for a minute. Is anyone having any of those block the highway anti mask anti vax protests going on? It has been in the news here the last couple days but we have had no isses.

    I was wondering if this was going on any where or if this was just the nut jobs doing a social media speech but then doing nothing.
    Haven't heard anything about that here in Philly. But then, there hasn't been anything in the way of anti-mask/anti-vax protests here, organized or otherwise.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AnakinFlair View Post
    Haven't heard of any in St. Louis.

    I did see in the new a Federal judge struck down the vaccine mandate for school teachers in New York. A Lawyer for the teachers said that 'They aren't anti-vaccine, they're anti-MANDATE.' At which point I groaned.
    That is what the nurses here in the Cincy Tri State Area keep saying. Yet none of them have gotten the Vaccine and everyone interviewed said they have no plans of getting it. They are Anti Vax and covering that fact by claiming to be Anti Mandate. Such a damn joke.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WestPhillyPunisher View Post
    Haven't heard anything about that here in Philly. But then, there hasn't been anything in the way of anti-mask/anti-vax protests here, organized or otherwise.
    Hey, I just heard that Philadelphia, Pennsylvania had their highest city murder rate Ever! It said over 400 people have now been killed in The City of Brotherly Love this year so far!

    Wow, is that all true?

    How are you protecting yourself? Do you have your punisher gun at the ready? It must be very scary!
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    Murders Spiked in 2020 in Cities Across the United States

    The year-to-year increase in murders from 2019 was the largest since national record-keeping began in 1960. But overall, major crimes declined last year.
    The United States experienced its biggest one-year increase on record in murders in 2020, according to new figures released Monday by the F.B.I., with some cities hitting record highs.

    Although major crimes were down overall, an additional 4,901 murders were committed in 2020 compared with the year before, the largest leap since national records started in 1960. The significant rise in homicides has roughly coincided with the 18 months of the Covid-19 pandemic.

    The high murder rate has continued into 2021, although the pace has slowed as the year has progressed.

    Overall, the toll of some 21,500 people killed last year is still well below the record set during the violence of the early 1990s. Still, several cities, like Albuquerque, Memphis, Milwaukee and Des Moines, are recording their highest murder numbers ever, according to the report.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phoenixx9 View Post
    Hey, I just heard that Philadelphia, Pennsylvania had their highest city murder rate Ever! It said over 400 people have now been killed in The City of Brotherly Love this year so far!

    Wow, is that all true?

    How are you protecting yourself? Do you have your punisher gun at the ready? It must be very scary!
    Yeah, it's all true. 400 and counting with three months left in 2021 with seemingly no end in sight. However, unlike Frank, I'm unarmed, still, I take precautions by keeping my doors locked and never going out at night. Most of the murders have been a result of turf wars over drugs, beefs gone nuclear, robberies and the rare crimes of passion. For sure, it's not all that safe here, but I manage to survive. Thanks for your concern.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WestPhillyPunisher View Post
    Yeah, it's all true. 400 and counting with three months left in 2021 with seemingly no end in sight. However, unlike Frank, I'm unarmed, still, I take precautions by keeping my doors locked and never going out at night. Most of the murders have been a result of turf wars over drugs, beefs gone nuclear, robberies and the rare crimes of passion. For sure, it's not all that safe here, but I manage to survive. Thanks for your concern.
    Why all the violence? Does the state need stricter gun laws? Or is it something else?

    I found this online: Firearm Mortality by State

    It runs from 2005 to 2019. In 2019, the rates in PA were improving over 2005, there were fewer deaths by firearms. I hope the CDC updates this data to 2021 eventually.
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    But in 2020, Trump was still the "law and order" president? How was it we were living in such a crime-ridden dystopian nightmare?

    Oh. Right. He's a motherf***ing liar and a crook without a care for human life himself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tami View Post
    Why all the violence? Does the state need stricter gun laws? Or is it something else?
    Gun laws are not going to stop street crime. How many gang members or drug dealers or methed out Rednecks are going to gun shops and waiting for their back round checks to get approved before they go shoot someone? Street guns or "Community Guns." as I have heard them called are a huge problem. We have had some success here in Cincy with buy back programs but we are still having a big year for murders and shootings. Not at the level of Philly but still alarming.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kuro no Shinigami View Post
    Social Democrats win the German Bundestag election. They have the plurality of votes but not the majority. They got only 25.7% of the Bundestag seats. CDU/CSU has 24%. So the Frau Kanzlerin Angela Merkel will step down as chancellor after 16 years in power.

    Since, no party has won a majority of votes and the parliament fails to elect a new chancellor, the German President will either appoint a new chancellor or dissolve the parliament.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2021_G...deral_election

    The Bundestag can't dismiss a chancellor without first agreeing to appoint a new chancellor. That was one of several things the Germans learned from the failure of the Weimar Constitution. Weimar Republic had a dozen chancellors in 12 years, because Reichstag was able to dismiss most of the chancellors in a short time.
    That's... likely not what's going to happen?
    In my lifetime, we never had a party with a majority, it's always been pluralities and coalition building. It just got more complicated since the Green party came on the scene in the 80s, and then reunification brought the former socialist ruling party of Eastern Germany into parliament, and then a rise of the new Right in response to nations becoming less important in a unified Europe brought the new-fascist AfD. With more parties sharing the cake, the old 2 party coalitions rarely get a majority any more, so currently the expectation is that the Social Democrats will find common ground with the Greens and the market-friendly FDP to elect Olaf Scholz chancelor.

    Only if all negotiations fail will the president step in and likely call for new elections. We've never had that so far, it's not like in Italy or Israel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by babyblob View Post
    Gun laws are not going to stop street crime. How many gang members or drug dealers or methed out Rednecks are going to gun shops and waiting for their back round checks to get approved before they go shoot someone? Street guns or "Community Guns." as I have heard them called are a huge problem. We have had some success here in Cincy with buy back programs but we are still having a big year for murders and shootings. Not at the level of Philly but still alarming.
    Criminals aren't going to buy guns from a store, but they can easily get someone else with a clean rap sheet to do that for them. Also, more legal gun purchases means more guns that can be lost or stolen, which contributes to the overall supply in the area that criminals can access. Of course that all suits the gun manufacturers just fine, since they make money from dumping all these guns on the black market, and then make even more money from scared citizens buying guns for protection.

    Looking at the big picture though, street crime is just a product of wider societal dysfunction, you're not ever going to solve the problem with these targeted policies that don't address the wider socioeconomic disparities that lie at the root of the issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PwrdOn View Post
    Criminals aren't going to buy guns from a store, but they can easily get someone else with a clean rap sheet to do that for them. Also, more legal gun purchases means more guns that can be lost or stolen, which contributes to the overall supply in the area that criminals can access. Of course that all suits the gun manufacturers just fine, since they make money from dumping all these guns on the black market, and then make even more money from scared citizens buying guns for protection.

    Looking at the big picture though, street crime is just a product of wider societal dysfunction, you're not ever going to solve the problem with these targeted policies that don't address the wider socioeconomic disparities that lie at the root of the issue.
    If someone with a clean sheet is going to break current laws on the books to buy guns for someone who cant what law can be put in place that will prevent them from doing this in the future with the new law?
    And I agree that street crime is the product of a wider society. But that is a much harder fix. But it is too easy for criminals and people who should not have guns to get guns. I know people I was in prison with that got a gun with in 3 hours of being out of prison. And I wish I could say it was a one or two time thing. but it happens a lot more them people want to think about. Hell I had guys at my half way house offering to hook me up with people who can get me a gun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by babyblob View Post
    If someone with a clean sheet is going to break current laws on the books to buy guns for someone who cant what law can be put in place that will prevent them from doing this in the future with the new law?
    And I agree that street crime is the product of a wider society. But that is a much harder fix. But it is too easy for criminals and people who should not have guns to get guns. I know people I was in prison with that got a gun with in 3 hours of being out of prison. And I wish I could say it was a one or two time thing. but it happens a lot more them people want to think about. Hell I had guys at my half way house offering to hook me up with people who can get me a gun.
    If a person is arrested for a gun related crime, and the weapon is recovered, and it is tracked back to the point of purchase and then to the person who purchased it. And if it can be proven that teh person who bought teh gun did so with the express intent to hand it over to the person who committed the crime, then there is a law in some places that makes that a crime.

    In other words, the person with a clean sheet is going to end up in jail.

    Still, I do agree that there are underlying causes that can and need to be addressed. Only, there are always going to be some people who will commit violence and no level of outreach could prevent that from happening short of the person being caught before they commit the crime.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tami View Post
    If a person is arrested for a gun related crime, and the weapon is recovered, and it is tracked back to the point of purchase and then to the person who purchased it. And if it can be proven that teh person who bought teh gun did so with the express intent to hand it over to the person who committed the crime, then there is a law in some places that makes that a crime.

    In other words, the person with a clean sheet is going to end up in jail.

    Still, I do agree that there are underlying causes that can and need to be addressed. Only, there are always going to be some people who will commit violence and no level of outreach could prevent that from happening short of the person being caught before they commit the crime.
    Arent there laws like that on the books now? I know in the Dayton mass shooting the guy who gave the shooter the gun was arrested charged and sentenced for giving him the gun.

    And there are other places where there is a law like that on the books. Punish the person who gave them the gun. The problem is enforcing it and charging people.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tami View Post
    Why all the violence? Does the state need stricter gun laws? Or is it something else?

    I found this online: Firearm Mortality by State

    It runs from 2005 to 2019. In 2019, the rates in PA were improving over 2005, there were fewer deaths by firearms. I hope the CDC updates this data to 2021 eventually.
    2020, said to have been the worst year for murders here at the time was thought of as having been an outlier because of the lockdown and crime having spawned from that because of people out of work, but, the madness this year put that suspicion to bed. But yeah, stricter gun laws won't solve a damn thing, not when bad guys are buying them on the black market, or weapons brought here from out of state. The reasons for the violence isn't just crime, it's also poverty, forcing desperate people into criminal activities like selling drugs. Then there's those, especially young people for whom life has next to no meaning, and are willing to pull a gun and shoot someone with precious little provocation, It's all a convoluted mess.
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    On this date in 2014, 2015, as well as 2016, "Crazy/Stupid Republican of the Day" published profiles of Phyllis Schlafly, based on her inclusion on the 2012 Republican National Committee, helping write the GOP Party Platform, and several other platform committee slots in the decades prior to that. Schlafly, the founder of the Eagle Forum who ran for Congress way back in 1952, has been considered a radical conservative conspiracy nut since the Eisenhower Administration. Schlafly’s also been a proud anti-feminist for decades, having served as the opposite number to Gloria Steinem to prevent the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and not only believes women’s place is in the home (even though Schafly had a nanny raise her kids while she was politically active), but has given speeches where she argues there’s not even such a thing as marital rape. She’s also passionate about conspiracy theories like the secret Bilderberg Group, buys into the John Birch Society’s theories about fluoridated water, and the threat of a North American Union. Schafly argued against the GOP’s 2012 “autopsy” that suggested they find a way to attract minority voters, scoffing and saying that they should “focus on whites”. Phyllis also has been a staunch opponent of LGBT rights through the years, which is a shame considering one of her six children is gay. Another of her six children is Andrew Schlafly, the fanatically wacky creator of Conservapedia, the version of Wikipedia that exists for conservatives who reject facts and sources and instead have rewritten a version of reality on it that supports their agenda. Schlafly passed away in 2016 at the age of 92, and was eulogized by Donald Trump in the midst of his presidential campaign, whose nicest thought about Phyllis was that she liked HIM, which is kind of what her family should have expected when they asked an egomaniac to eulogize her. Schlafly remains dead, barring any sort of breakthroughs in necromancy conservatives might make to curtail womens’ rights.

    On this date in 2017, 2018, as well as 2019, “Crazy/Stupid Republican of the Day” posted its original profile of Bill Schuette, Michigan's Attorney General from 2010-2018, who was twice elected now with just 52% of the vote, and believe it or not, back in 1984, he won office to represent Michigan's 10th Congressional District in Congress, winning three terms before getting beat in attempt to unseat legendary U.S. Senator Carl Levin. In those six years in office, Bill Schuette managed to sponsor 11 bills, and exactly zero of them passed. That's actually understating how ineffective his time was a legislator... he even never got a bill out of committee in six years. After serving a few years as Michigan's Agricultural Commissioner, Schuette had an eight year run as a Michigan State Senator from 1994-2002. Schuette was appointed to serve as a judge from 2002-2009, bringing us to his time as Michigan AG. Schuette is known to be a fierce opponent of marijuana legalization, even for medical use, but his record as Michigan Attorney General on LGBTQ rights is perhaps his most disappointing crusade. He not only fought against marriage equality up until the Obergefell v. Hodges ruling, but Schuette has even been the target of lawsuits by the ACLU in gay adoption cases as well. And if you think Schuette would be any better on women's rights, guess again, as he sued two abortion clinics over what he claimed were improper medical records disposal that opted to just close rather than go to court... and celebrated their closure. Schuette ran for Governor of Michigan in 2018 to replace utter failure, Republican Gov. Rick Snyder. Snyder's legacy as the Governor who orchestrated the poisoning of the water supply of Flint, Michigan due to his sheer incompetence and desire to "save money" will, of course, be linked to Schuette, since Schuette was nice enough to not press charges against anyone in the administration, and just appointed a special prosecutor... who just so happens to be one of the biggest donors to Rick Snyder's political campaigns. Schuette’s campaign was already going fabulously, with Schuette receiving an endorsement from future disgraced president and current disgrace Donald Trump, where wouldn't you know it, Trump misspelled Schuette's name. Schuette also could not escape the GOP Primary for his seat without his opponent in it, Brian Calley getting the FBI to follow through with a criminal investigation into whether or not Schuette had actually been having a “blind trust” oversee his businesses, and may have been using resources from his office to personally enrich his portfolio. While that accusation did not bring about a grand jury investigation, it only further damaged Schuette, an already flawed candidate. He was defeated by Gretchen Whitmer, who didn’t even break a sweat in doing so, and will now he is fading into political irrelevance.

    On this date in 2020, “Crazy/Stupid Republican of the Day” profiled Thomas Gilmer, a 2020 candidate for U.S. House of Representatives in Connecticut’s 5th Congressional District, who was, for the longest time, the favorite to win the GOP nomination for this seat. It was amazing that Gilmer held front-runner status, after all, he is yet another Qanon conspiracy theorist running for Congress as a Republican in the 2020 elections, as evidenced by the multiple times he linked to Qanon videos or posted on social media and included the Qanon hashtag. That should have been enough to have the GOP abandon him as a candidate, but what truly did it was the fact that on the eve of the GOP Primary, he was arrested for an assault he carried out in 2017 against a former girlfriend whom he choked, punched while she was on the ground, and then took off his T-shirt and started strangling her from behind with it. Shockingly, the video was almost never revealed to the public, even though the Connecticut GOP was aware it existed, but didn’t want anything to be done about the assault. It was only when rumors of its existence were beginning to gain steam that they opted to release it to the police, even if it would mean they would sabotage their own candidate. Thomas Gilmer dropped out of the race after his arrest on domestic abuse charges. As he seems highly unlikely to ever win office given his newfound criminal background, we will set aside his profile at this time, however, to cover another kooky Republican today instead. (Current crazy/stupid scoreboard, is now 1028-50, since this was established in July 2014.



    Larry Householder

    Welcome to what is the 1028th original profile here at “Crazy/Stupid Republican of the Day”, where we’ll be profiling Larry Householder, who served in the Ohio House of Representatives for District 72 from 2017-2021, as well as District 78 in 1997-2004 (he was term-limited the first time, but made a comeback years later through some chicanery). We weren’t motivated to profile him even though he actively voted for bills that would prevent vaccination requirements for public schools and universities, his support for legislation to require pregnant women who have abortions or miscarriages to bury or cremate the fetal remains, fetal heartbeat anti-abortion legislation, and continuously supported bills to try and do an end-around to allow prayer in schools, or even his 100% NRA rating

    We’re profiling Larry Householder because he was a crooked piece of s*** who was arrested in a $60 million bribery case to have a taxpayer-funded bailout of an energy company. (Effectively the company funneled the $60 million towards Householder and several allies in exchange for getting a $1 billion payout passed in the legislature.) Larry Householder was expelled from the Ohio House of Representatives by a vote of 76-21 (he was one of those NAY votes, of course) on June 16th, 2021. May his stay in prison be particularly long and uncomfortable.
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