This is one to really watch, long term. Apparently, we can expect Trump to OK a bump stock ban, and within 90 days of this going into effect, you either have to turn in or destroy your bump stocks.
I say to keep a hard eye on this one because it could spark more gun control talk and on a much more serious level. Why?
Because how in the hell is the government going to enforce this? Bump stocks were always purchasable the same way any other stock was - you take it off the counter or order it online and go your merry way. There's no paperwork involved. There's no database. There's no registration. We have no idea who has these things.
And once this law goes into effect, I expect this will become the spotlight. We have no idea who decided not to turn in or destroy their bump stocks because they weren't registered. And now, because so many in the political class are talking about "assault weapons" bans, obviously we need to discuss a gun registration so that when gun bans are enacted we know who didn't turn in their weapons. Let this be a lesson to us all! Gun registration is a must!
So keep an eye on this one. I suspect it will become a gateway into talks about more widespread gun control that won't solve any problems.
Folks. Let's have a talk. We're going to discuss claims made and backing it up. Why? Because this was left as a comment on our Facebook page:
This was the first comment in a stream, but it's the most valid out of the group as far as what we need to discuss.
My issue isn't with the claim. You're allowed to believe whatever you want to believe. My issue is with everything after it.
If you make an arbitrary claim - which this is - don't finish it off by telling the person to Google it or to pay you - I can't believe he actually demanded payment - for the research to back up his claim. Keep in mind, this was his first comment on the subject. No one came at him demanding he back up his claim... he made the claim and then said he'd back it up if we paid him.
If he'd made the comment and left it at that there wouldn't have been an issue. But the whole thing afterwards brings up a huge issue we have in this country right now... the inability to debate. And this is a glowing example of it.
He isn't doing anyone's work for them, and sure isn't doing anything that requires payment. If you make a claim, back it up. "Google it" is not a valid response. You made the claim, you back it up. Period. Don't make a claim and then demand people spend their time to prove the point for you. That's your job.
Especially before anyone even bothers to challenge you on it.
I hear people complain all the time about how leftists make claims and then when someone challenges them they tell the person to Google it. But then you do the same thing and think it's reasonable? It isn't. If you don't want to be challenged, and you don't want to back up a claim, don't make the claim. Simple as that.
The guy was a troll. Why he was trolling people on his own side, I don't know, but here we are. Trolling, if done well, can be very hard work. Most of the trolls who do it well can back up their claims quickly and efficiently, and Google never crosses in. Now, while I don't make a habit of trolling, I do counter troll. I've been around a while, I am a mellow counter troll, but if someone trolls me, I put them down. That's just how it is. It's fun watching them flip their lids because I don't lose my cool over it. I make sure I can back up what I'm saying. That's just how it goes.
Now, I'm not a Milo fan, but if you watch Milo doing his thing, you can see that when someone confronts him, he has information to back it up. I've never heard him tell someone to Google it. I've never heard him demand payment to provide information that backs up a claim he makes. If you want to learn how to troll, watch Milo. If you want to learn how to debate, watch Ben Shapiro. If you want to troll people with debate, watch them both. It's a learning experience.
Just wanted to take a moment to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving! Hope you all have fun today, and I hope there is peace around your table. Enjoy your family and friends!
Oh, this one is a real doozy.
Recently, I injured my shoulders and neck. Because of this, I have been going to a chiropractor once a week to get my neck and spine back into alignment. I've been paying her out of pocket, mostly because my insurance covers pretty much nothing.
We both got curious and decided to submit my information to insurance anyway, just to see if it would cover it. I mean, I pay monthly, and my payment is going up by a rather large amount next year, it would be nice if something got paid, at least in part, by my insurance.
As many of you know from previous rants and articles, I do, in fact, use Obamacare.
This morning, I received this email from my chiropractor:
You read that right. So, let's break this down. If she was in network, they wouldn't even pay half per visit for the first three visits, then I'd have to meet a deductible of $7350.
She's not in network - which isn't a shock, I have not found many doctors within two hours of my home that are, and their field of medicine doesn't matter - so they pay nothing until I hit the deductible of $29,400!
If I went to the chiropractor once a week for an entire year, the bill comes out to $3100. That doesn't meet the deductible for either situation they provided her.
I'm really not sure who manages to wrack up $29,000 in chiropractor bills, but they might need surgery.
Before all of this garbage was put into place, chiropractor bills were covered. My insurance policy actually covered - 100% - up to 60 visits per year to a chiropractor. Then we all got "saved" by Obamacare.
Seriously, I don't know where all these people who claim Obamacare saved their lives live or what policy they are on, but I don't see it. I can't even get a decent primary care provider that takes this insurance, and when I do find a doctor that takes it, it only covers the yearly preventative stuff, nothing extra. I seriously am still not over them covering a pap smear exam and then not covering the biopsy afterwards when it came back abnormal.
It is time for our politicians to grow a spine and get rid of this garbage.
Just had a "conversation" with someone on Facebook about an article that made it into our Newsroom, but I also posted on the Facebook page.
The article was about the misleading claim by the North Dakota Democrats that voting could cost hunters their out of state hunting licenses. The only comment I made was "WTF?!"
The following then happened, and I'm sure it isn't over, but it is for me.
I have no issue calling out anyone who pulls moves like this, I don't care what side of the isle you are on. It's been done in the past here and will be done in the future. And if you have evidence of this behavior to share that you think the readers should see, please, feel free to pass it on! I'll share the heck out of it!
But don't come in and throw what amounts to a temper tantrum. If you want to argue about it, cool. Toss me some stories, give me something to share with the readers, give me something other than, "BUT! BUT! THEY ALL DO IT!"
What he basically wants is for me to put a comment on stories like this that says something like, "The right does this, too." I'm not going to do that. If I got a story that said the North Dakota Republicans told women that if they'd had an abortion in the last five years they may not be able to register to vote, you can bet your butt I'd slap that up there as fast as I could. But I don't have a story like that to share. And he didn't provide any.
And I've yet to see anyone of his ilk claim the Democrats do it too when they post a negative story about the Republicans.
Yes... they all do it. They shouldn't, but they do. When an actual story with real evidence breaks, I like to share it so that people who may have seen it won't fall for it. Again, the side of the isle doesn't matter. Adding what amounts to a trigger warning to all stories like this accomplishes nothing. It divides further and offers nothing for people to look out for.
It wasn't an article that had a story that was opinion stating Democrats do this. It was an actual issue. Real, verifiable facts. And the fact that the claim is complete horse manure is important for the people in North Dakota to know. They need to know they can vote without fear. When this guy asked for his trigger warning, I told him I was open to sharing stories of Republicans doing this sort of thing, just give me some links and I'll share the stories with the readers, same as I did with this one. His response speaks for itself.
Don't do that. This guy had a shot at bridging a gap and didn't take it. There was an actual olive branch being offered there and he slapped it away. If you have real concerns, please, provide some facts for me to share and I'll help you out. No one likes political corruption. But without facts for me to provide the readers, it's just opinion against a fact.