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  •  And now accusations of mental illness... (3+ / 0-)
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    ...against broad swaths of the American populace.

    Utter codswallop in the place of rational argument.  The saddest part is that we see this more and more, even at this "reality-based community."

    "No amount of belief makes something a fact." --James Randi

    by theatre goon on Mon Oct 28, 2013 at 09:58:24 AM PDT

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    •  God, I love that word: CODSWALLOP. (1+ / 0-)
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      Might I use it from time to time, with your permission???


      -7.62; -5.95 The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane.~Tesla

      by gerrilea on Mon Oct 28, 2013 at 10:21:51 AM PDT

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    •  Now we just need to take a deep breath... (1+ / 0-)
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      ...and understand that I am merely sharing personal opinion and judgement, off the cuff, from personal experience only.  In the sense of being based on my experiences, they are "reality based" views.  My experiences may be different from your own.  My opinions on the gun problem are well-developed, but have relevance to others only to the extent that others care about them and engage with them; as I have already said, I have no special authority in the field of mental health and I use the terminology from that field loosely in accordance with popular usage.

      Bill Frist, a credentialed physician, made the obvious overreach of "diagnosing" a specific person while having no personal knowledge of that specific case.  Even in my amateur-shrink capacity, you'll note that I haven't tried to saddle specific persons unknown to me with the attitudes and pathologies I perceive generally in that population.  I always try as hard as I can to give individuals the benefit of the doubt.  Regarding the gun problem, I meet many who reinforce my stereotypes, and occasionally I meet someone who defies them.

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