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Gun Rights Fatal Flaw: Attacking American Diversity

Nov 15, 2012   //   Politics, Tolerance  //  Comments Off on Gun Rights Fatal Flaw: Attacking American Diversity

Although individual groups representing blacks, Hispanics, and women have called for stricter gun control measures in the past, none of them have carried enough clout at the polls to effect legislative change. But what we just witnessed in this past general election is a game changer.

A Glimpse Into Non-Self Defense Concealed Carry Killings at Eating and Drinking Establishments

Jun 14, 2012   //   Politics  //  Comments Off on A Glimpse Into Non-Self Defense Concealed Carry Killings at Eating and Drinking Establishments

Despite claims that “there have been no problems” with concealed weaponry in eating establishments (including those those that serve alcohol), an examination of non-self defense killings by CCW permit holders between May 2007 and May 2012 revealed multiple instances of such killings at establishments that serve food and beverage.

Guns vs Cars? Would You Send Your Child There

Jun 3, 2012   //   Politics  //  Comments Off on Guns vs Cars? Would You Send Your Child There

An alternative way to consider the risk difference between gun-related and traffic-related fatalities is presented. To permit the grossly disproportionate rate of gunfire deaths in US children to continue is indefensible. It is time that politicians are made to publicly defend their voting record in obstructing availability of information about the health risks of guns while expanding public exposure to firearms.

The Common Denominator of Right Wing Policy: Lost Lives

Apr 15, 2012   //   Politics  //  Comments Off on The Common Denominator of Right Wing Policy: Lost Lives

Politicians on the political right continue to pursue multiple areas of policy despite the well-documented, often substantial, and unnecessary loss of American lives associated with those policies.

Gunfire Deaths in Children vs Pro-Life: A Political Double Standard

Jan 31, 2012   //   Politics  //  Comments Off on Gunfire Deaths in Children vs Pro-Life: A Political Double Standard

When it comes to the issue of protecting ‘children’, conservative politicians treat the gun lobby and the Pro-Life movement as legislative opposites.

Sacrificing Our Children in the Name of the Second Amendment

Jan 10, 2012   //   Politics  //  1 Comment

The US experiences a grossly disproportionate rate of firearm-related deaths in minors as compared to peer countries, and firearm deaths amongst the young account for more than 25% of the decreased life expectancy gap in America. The firearms industry, that is experiencing a long-term decline in American gun ownership, provides substantial financial support to the NRA and has had ties to that organization’s Board of Directors. The NRA has become a powerful lobbying force at both federal and state levels with a record of opposing legislation that would negatively affect firearms sales and advocating for legislation that expands firearm sales. That our elected representatives continue to enact firearm market expansion policies, without implementing tougher regulatory restraints on gun sales to curb firearm deaths in minors, represents the worst of special interest-driven politics and is nothing short of a dereliction of duty in governance.

Guns, Alcohol and Legislation Part 2: Commerce and Opt-In

Jul 7, 2011   //   Politics  //  37 Comments

Legislation in North Carolina that would allow individuals with concealed carry permits to bring loaded guns into restaurants and bars should also contain an ‘Opt-In’ provision so that visitors to the state, who would not be familiar with state law, can make a fully informed decision regarding which establishments they would enter.

Guns, Alcohol and Legislation in North Carolina

Jun 27, 2011   //   Politics  //  3 Comments

It is difficult to envision how pending legislation in North Carolina, that would permit concealed weapons into eating and drinking establishments, would promote the general welfare and safety of its citizenry.

Fostering a Hostile Environment

Jan 12, 2011   //   Tolerance  //  5 Comments

It has been said that our government should be run as a business. Let’s begin with the leadership addressing the issue of ‘hostile environment’.

Mad Political Disease: A Salute to Restoring Sanity (or Fear?)

Sep 15, 2009   //   Politics  //  Comments Off on Mad Political Disease: A Salute to Restoring Sanity (or Fear?)

After several months of careful observation and study I have postulated the existence of a heretofore unrecognized disorder and have named it Mad Political Disease (MPD). Although clearly a different entity than Mad Cow Disease, the two do share some striking similarities. Both have been linked to cannibalistic practices, both affect the brain, both result in behavioral abnormalities, both cause frothing about the mouth, and both infect the general population.

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The Cruelty of NCs House Bill 2

North Carolina’s House Bill 2 is fundamentally flawed. Quite the opposite of legislators bogus claims that public facility non-discrimination laws create safety concerns from sexual predators, the law actually increases the risk of abuse, both verbal and physical, to the already vulnerable transgender population. Further, in the state of NC that houses the Research Triangle Park and multiple world class medical institutions, legislators have pandered to religious factions and organizations that have stigmatized, ostracized and even demonized transgenders, some of whom suffer from a recognized medical diagnosis. The situation for transgendered youth is particularly grave, a population that already suffers a high rate of both abuse and suicide attempts. The law is cruel and untenable from both business and civil/human rights perspectives, and should be repealed.


NC’s Anti-LGBT Law and the Legislature: Little Business Sense

In this published Letter to the Editor (Raleigh N&O), powerful members of the North Carolina legislature have demonstrated little understanding of the importance of customer retention in building the business base of the state.


North Carolina’s LGBT Discrimination Law HB2: Its Folly and Motivation

By using sex on a birth certificate to define sexual identity, NC’s legislature and governor have shown much ignorance about the complexities of biologic diversity. But it is the pandering to LGBT hate groups by ranking members of the GOP at both the national and state level that reveals the underlying discrimination that motivated the law.

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The Year the GOPs Con Game was Exposed

The GOP’s decision to reinstate tax cut policy in 2001 exposed their hand. It was not about deficit reduction, growing the economy, or job creation. It was about ideology and, no doubt, special interests. It was a backdoor approach where government revenue was cut in an attempt to curtail spending on popular programs they otherwise could not take head-on. This while obstructing the work of Congress, spinning a web of deceit about the benefits of their policy, and weakening our country’s financial standing. It’s time to play hardball during ‘fiscal cliff’ negotiations and force them to be specific about what spending cuts they are talking about to offset the tax benefits they wish to preserve for the wealthiest. They wouldn’t have the nerve.