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  •  I'm an American and I'm not comfortable with (0+ / 0-)

    the level of gun activity.  Speak for yourself.

    The elevation of appearance over substance, of celebrity over character, of short term gains over lasting achievement displays a poverty of ambition. It distracts you from what's truly important. - Barack Obama

    by helfenburg on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 01:05:59 PM PDT

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    •  I was simply making a statistics-based (2+ / 0-)
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      generalization.

      I realize there are out-liers on most issues, including this one.

      In fact, I even fall into that category on occasion (although I almost always try to go along with the crowd, fit into whatever the popular POV of the day (or diary) happens to be, etc).  

      •  I see, Roadguy. But hey, never run with the crowd (1+ / 0-)
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        you should try to challenge conventional thinking, even when you encounter it here on this bastion of the good people of the left.  Hell, even if it comes from me.

        The elevation of appearance over substance, of celebrity over character, of short term gains over lasting achievement displays a poverty of ambition. It distracts you from what's truly important. - Barack Obama

        by helfenburg on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 03:03:13 PM PDT

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        •  Good advice, thanks! (1+ / 0-)
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          you should try to challenge conventional thinking
          I might try it sometime.

          Of course the second part of the advice makes things a bit cloudier . .. .

          even when you encounter it here on this bastion of the good people of the left. Hell, even if it comes from me
          .

          does that mean I should challenge your advice to challenge things?  And therefore go back to my default position of * not * challenging things??

          See what happens when I start thinking on my own?  It never ends up well.

          •  Roadbed, you 've got me so mixed up now, (1+ / 0-)
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            I don't know what I said or what you said.

            And that said, keep on truckin'.  Peace, justice and prosperity to you.

            The elevation of appearance over substance, of celebrity over character, of short term gains over lasting achievement displays a poverty of ambition. It distracts you from what's truly important. - Barack Obama

            by helfenburg on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 03:40:20 PM PDT

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    •  Oh, I forgot to add that yes, the gun (0+ / 0-)

      toll is rather unacceptable to me as well (and that a fair number of people actually are tackling the problem) - but as a point of comparison the relative complacency about it makes that anti-terrorism hysteria look very foolish.

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