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So Trump now thinks he is "The Chosen One."  Wow. What a megalomaniac.  Yet his approval rating still hovers around 40%. It is so hard to believe that 40% of the population is that stupid, but here we are
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General Discussion / Re: Current Events - US Politics Edition
« on: August 21, 2019, 11:59:35 pm »
ICE has been overrun by heartless, racist, compassionless scoundrels and needs to be disbanded.  The evil there runs so deep it cannot be fixed.  Immigration enforcement needs a complete purge and reboot.
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General Discussion / Re: Current Events - US Politics Edition
« on: August 17, 2019, 09:55:41 pm »
I'm really missing the point and laugh emoji from old Nauvoo.  Yes, of course I was using hyperbole ... sort of.  It was noted that only the rich benefited during a recession, and Trump, allegedly being rich, could really snap up a bunch of real estate for super cheap is the economy tanked.  He truely has an incentive to hurt the economy.  The Greenland thing was just to be funny in light of the rumors of him proposing to buy Greenland and his horrible record on the environment.
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General Discussion / Re: Current Events - US Politics Edition
« on: August 17, 2019, 12:06:53 am »
That's simple.  Trump.  With a depressed real estate and stock market, he can buy properties and securities on the cheap.  Heck, he might even try to buy Greenland, which will increase in value as we heat up the Earth by pumping coal into the atmosphere. 

My wifw has been saying for the last two years that he is trying to tank the economy, and I'm starting to believe her.
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News of the Church / Re: More Word of Wisdom
« on: August 16, 2019, 07:29:26 am »
The green tea thin further confirms that the current WoW policy is more boundary maintenance than health code.  Moderate amounts of coffee, green tea and alcohol all extend lifespan.  Of the three, green tea is the most beneficial with the fewest negatives effects. 
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When I've served in YM, I focused on training the quorum presidency on leadership and let them do as much of the planning and execution as possible.  This approach specifically taught in scouting and encouraged by church leadership.  However I get the sense from my wife and daughter that their YW experience had the adult YW leaders running the show.  I hope that with the new program, there will be a drive to let the YW class presidencies actually lead.
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I suspect the "new" program will look a lot like activity days with fortnightly meetings with personal progress like achievements for both genders.  My hope is that there is more spiritual requirements adder to the YM and more physical/skill based requirements on the YW side.  My concern is that the program will be so dumbed down that both YM and YW will not engage.  I'm also concerned that this emphasis on this "home focused" approach will leave too many youth without good support.  Part member and single parent families will be hit especially hard.  I worry about this willingness to accept such losses. 
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Palmon, thank you for your data supporting the need for national reform.  It is too easy to move guns around for local laws to be effective.  Gun control measures must be implemented at a national level to have the necessary effectiveness.
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Precisely.  This isn't an all or nothing situation.  There a lot room between an all out gun ban and the wild, wild west.  Right now gun policy is too far skewed toward anarchy and more control is desperately needed.  The real debate is not whether more restrictions are needed, but which ones will be the most effective.
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New automobile safety requirements are levied each year and alcohol sales are restricted to 21+ for similar reasons.  Most of these safety regs are enacted by the same group that wants to regulate gun sales, so I don't see any hypocrisy.

The challenge is gun toting law abiding citizens don't become criminals until someone is dead.  So the more guns in law abiders results in more guns in criminals.  Many, if not most, illegal gun possession is a result of guns being stolen from the good guys.  So the goal isn't to eliminate legal gun ownership, just to raise the standard to improve the likelihood that the gun owners really are the good guys. 

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NT, I don't discount the value of having properly trained, registered and licensed citizens who are equipped with arms for such a contingency.  I think it it could be a effective last resort measure.  But it is a LAST RESORT measure.  By the time  any memebers of a militia like force such as this could act it would already be too late for some.

An effective, enduring solution will require multiple layers of safety measure.  At the top level, limit the numbers of arms in the country as a whole.  Second, require background checks for all arms sales.  Third, have a tired system for gun ownership.  The deadlier the weapon, the higher the scrutiny of the review.  Fourth, implement a generous buy back program to reduce the excess number of guns.  Fifth, impose criminal and civil liability for negligent gun sales or entrustment.  PSAs to discourage casual gun use. And so on.  The problem is big enough that we need a top to bottom culture change.
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The best, quickest, safest way to stop a bad guy with a gun,  is to make sure he can't get a gun in the first place.
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I have mixed feelings over Scalia's record.  He also eviscerated religious protections.  I'm also not a big fan of originalism as a constitutional approach.  My point was that even Scalia, who is often seen as a protectionist of gun rights, noted that the second ammendment has significant limits.  Implementation of the small number of specific restrictions he outlined would go a long way to help, but I also agree that parts of his holding was flawed.
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Creative Corner / Re: Throw-together recipes
« on: August 04, 2019, 12:06:16 pm »
A family favorite that I invented when we got snowed in one year.

Hot dogs and potatoes

4 to 6 potatoes,
4 to 6 large carrots,
1 bag frozen peas
2 packages hot dogs, l

Peal and cube potatoes into 1/2 to 1 inch cubes.  Peal and slice carrots into coins.  I electric fry pan on medium to meduim high, cook potatoes and carrots with 3 cups of water.  Cover and occasionally stir, 10 to 15 minutes.

Slice hot dogs into 1/2 chunks.  When potatoes and carrots are nearly done, add hotdogs and peas.  Cover and cook for 5 minutes.  Add additional water as necessary.

When fully cooked remove cover to boil off any excess water.  Salt and pepper to taste.

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Even Scalia in D.C. v. Heller acknowledged that the banning of weapons in sensitive area, training requirements for concealed carry, and strict regulations of the sale and distribution of firearms are constitutional.  He also noted that the second amendment only applies to the types of guns commonly in use by a militia member in 1789, namely small arms primarily used for home self defense and hunting.  Common sense gun regulation, including banning military style weapons, is supposed by the majority and is fully legal.  Sadly, too many members of Congress have been bought out by the NRA and the gun manufacturer lobby. 
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