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Re: “Shaping Congress: what next?

"Just remember readers who first brought you this story, not Stephen's Media, not
WEHCO, just a small group bright folks who stay on top of everything Arkansas and run the best newsroom."

I think you're giving Steve Clark and the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce waaaaay too much credit.

Posted by Whatever01 on 04/08/2011 at 2:44 PM

Re: “Block that 'focus' cliche

I read that column very late last night.

It was the most self-contradictory thing ever written by any writer I truly respect.

He mocks the idea that the president didn't focus on the economy — then lists every single time Obama couldn't look the country's economics problems in the eye: The half-baked, inadequate stimulus, the lack of a politically effective response to critics, the timidity.

You can't focus on something you won't even look at for long.

Then Krugman wraps up the column by saying:

“For one thing, he still has the ability to engineer significant relief to homeowners, one area where his administration completely dropped the ball during its first two years.”

The housing market – only the central pillar of the economy, the collapse of which brought the rest of the financial sector’s house down and the rest of the economy with it – is “one area where his administration completely dropped the ball.”

However briefly, Tuesday's election results have clearly rattled a great mind.

Posted by Whatever01 on 11/05/2010 at 9:58 AM

Re: “Open line and catchup

"First the out-of-state folks spend millions on the Arkansas Senate race. Then they say don't spend. If they would simply forget about the Arkansas Senate race, everyone would be the better for it."

Including them.

Posted by Whatever01 on 07/21/2010 at 1:08 PM

Re: “Annals of gun nuttery

"Gun dealers all over the web refer to them as assault weapons. You tell them they're wrong."


They're wrong too.

Posted by Whatever01 on 07/20/2010 at 3:25 PM

Re: “Annals of gun nuttery

Good grief.

It is not splitting hairs to recognize a big difference between a gun that can spray a schoolyard full of kids with 30 rounds in less than three seconds to one that takes 10 or 15 seconds.

If you don't think there's a big difference, I respectfully recommend that you go to a schoolyard with a stopwatch and start running for cover.

The military developers of these deadly weapons certainly saw a worthwhile difference.

Posted by Whatever01 on 07/20/2010 at 3:23 PM

Re: “Annals of gun nuttery

Left one thing out: There were fully automatic sidearms before the assault rifle, such as the Thompson Submachine Gun. They used pistol ammunition with short effective range, however. An assault gun is a fully automatic weapon capable of reliably hitting targets within 400 yards or so.

Posted by Whatever01 on 07/20/2010 at 1:42 PM

Re: “Annals of gun nuttery

To be clear rather than pendantic, the semi-automatic rifle or "self-loading rifle" was invented at the turn of the last century. The first commercially successful model, and it was a modest success, was the Remington Model 8 designed by John Moses Browning. Blowback-action semi-automatic rifles by Winchester were used by French and Russian troops in World War I.

The assault rifle wasn't perfected until World War II -- and its distinguishing characteristic was its capacity for fully automatic fire. In fact, the whole gun was designed around a shorter, less-powerful cartridge so the gun could actually be controlled during fully automatic fire.

In other words, automatic fire was the whole reason the "assault gun" was invented.

To call a semi-automatic an "assault gun" is nothing but hyperbole, as has already been pointed out.

Posted by Whatever01 on 07/20/2010 at 1:25 PM

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