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Zeldin Votes Against Bipartisan Harvey Relief Bill After Debt Ceiling Measure Is Added

Coincidentally, Obama was able to weather his storms with consistent job growth." Oct 16, 17 11:17 AM

Well, if you think weapons on the scale of RPGs should be readily available for public consumption and destruction...that's just stupid." Oct 16, 17 11:20 AM

You're the one repeating "WILL NOT BE INFRINGED" but apparently agree with the RPG ban? That sounds like an infringement, no?

If it's not an infringement, then you agree that some regulation is necessary and are merely weighing the benefits of such regulation against its downsides.

If it's an infringement, point me to the M1 Abram dealership." Oct 16, 17 11:32 AM

That doesn't explain the job loss last month, especially in the context of our soaring stock market.

It's the first month of job losses in 7 years and that's a FACT.

I hope it doesn't become a trend, but best believe I'll be reminding everyone about who's to blame if it does." Oct 16, 17 11:51 AM

You're characterizing the Heller decision: the holding was that the 2nd amendment guarantees the right to own a handgun in the home. It does not nullify Miller, which held that a sawed-off shotgun was not covered.

My point being that we already "INFRINGE" on the 2nd amendment as necessary: There's no consensus on military-style rifles, but regulations that experience public support DO exist.

If our goal is to decrease incidences of mass murder, or to decrease body counts when it occurs, target the technology that makes it possible to train for and carry out mass murder. Even if it's not the rifle itself, attachments that make automatic fire possible (despite that we already have extreme controls on automatic weapons) seem like an obvious choice.

On the other hand, if the status quo is acceptable and normal, let's own it." Oct 16, 17 12:07 PM

Your comment distilled is: "mass shootings are normal and there is nothing we can do to stop it."

If I'm wrong, and that's not what you mean, do tell: what do YOU think we should do? " Oct 16, 17 12:43 PM

So what does widow gavits think we should do? All ideas are welcome.

"Nothing" is a tacit admission that mass murder is a normal part of life in 2017." Oct 16, 17 1:10 PM

Thank you for your contemplation, Widow.

I think there's no single answer to the question of how to stop mass murder in 2017, and many of the potential answers, like unbridled "gun confiscation", would undoubtedly come with more perils than benefits.

At the same time, measured approaches may yield significant improvements over the status quo and we should all be open to evidence-based legislation." Oct 16, 17 1:58 PM

Your understanding of this conversation is really "po"

We're discussing mass murder, not "crime"" Oct 16, 17 3:03 PM

We're "at or near full employment"?

The "Laborforce participation Rate" that conservatives used to throw at Obama all the time hasn't shifted significantly in years." Oct 16, 17 3:06 PM

Do you really want to compare gun deaths in places with less guns to gun deaths in places with more guns?

Are you aware that the U.S. is not the only country in the world?" Oct 16, 17 3:36 PM

It sounded to me like widow was willing to contemplate rational, well-thought out legislation, don't be a jerk mets. " Oct 16, 17 5:52 PM

But...a majority of mass shooters in recent memory obtained their arms legally.

The problem wasn't "enforcing laws already on the books", it was that the current laws were insufficient, from the extra time (outside the maximum 48 hour waiting period) Adam Lanza's background check required to uncover his mental illness, to the ease with which Steven Paddock assembled a near-automatic arsenal. " Oct 17, 17 7:15 AM

You're 100% right on Adam Lanza, I meant Dylan Roof...too many mass murderers to keep them all straight.

In that case, the complete, and disqualifying, background check failed to materialize within 48 hours and the laws in play prohibited them from withholding the gun purchase past that time." Oct 17, 17 8:35 AM

Ah, thanks for the detail. It still looks like a gap that can be addressed, whether in extending the 48 hour waiting period, empowering stores with better background resources, or recruiting law enforcement to revoke the unlawful gun purchase." Oct 17, 17 9:12 AM

Westhampton Beach Board Of Education Unanimously Votes To Get Rid Of Class Rank

I think the point of doing away with class rankings is that there are already plenty of objective measures of academic ability: SAT/ACT, AP, Regents, and other exams provide enough information to easily compare students across the state and country.

Add to that the contextual complications of evaluating class rankings (is it better to be #1 in School A or #5 in School B?) and it just seems logical that they wouldn't want to risk potentially hurting their students' chances during the college admissions process." Oct 17, 17 1:44 PM

If it doesn't seem logical, let me illustrate it better for you:

Say Student A gets a 2000 on the SAT and Student B gets a 2100, who performed better?

Now, say Student A is ranked #1 at Southampton and Student B is ranked #1 at Westhampton, who performed better?" Oct 17, 17 2:37 PM

Zeldin Votes Against Bipartisan Harvey Relief Bill After Debt Ceiling Measure Is Added

Lol, yes, you said some of them felt compelled to acquiesce because of their careers. That's called coercion." Oct 17, 17 2:38 PM

Yep, paddock's were all legally and easily bought.

He easily assembled an arsenal, and skillfully navigated the law by spacing out his purchases, which suggests our current regime of regulations is insufficient to stop mass murder." Oct 17, 17 2:41 PM

Westhampton Beach Board Of Education Unanimously Votes To Get Rid Of Class Rank

If it doesn't seem logical, let me illustrate it better for you:

Say Student A gets a 2000 on the SAT and Student B gets a 2100, who performed better?

Now, say Student A is ranked #1 at Southampton and Student B is ranked #1 at Westhampton, who performed better?" Oct 17, 17 2:41 PM

Zeldin Votes Against Bipartisan Harvey Relief Bill After Debt Ceiling Measure Is Added

The "cost of doing business"?

That's outrageous and disgusting, even if it was acceptable or expected at the time.

Also, this didn't take place in the 50s, it was the 90s...." Oct 17, 17 2:58 PM

Chicago is a bad example because of the lax laws in the rest of Indiana. It doesn't really matter what Chicago does when one can hop on down the street to Gary and get their goods.

A better example would be NY State, which is nowhere near the top of the list for states with most gun deaths per capita. That dishonor is shared by Utah and Georgia." Oct 17, 17 3:01 PM

Way to cast your own point aside once it's discredited.

The point of new laws is not to keep guns out of criminals' hands; it's to minimize the damage that can be done when opportunity and inclination inevitably collide." Oct 17, 17 3:14 PM

Who wants to KEEP guns in criminals' hands? Where'd you get that from?

I'm acknowledging that it's impossible to do that, and suggesting that maybe we can agree on policy to reduce the amount of damage people whose minds are set on doing harm can do without running afoul of the 2nd amendment." Oct 17, 17 4:13 PM

Westhampton Beach Board Of Education Unanimously Votes To Get Rid Of Class Rank

You hit it on the head: the class ranking has no quantifiable value in college admissions when comparing students from different schools and can only hurt students if it's not a flashy number.

They're still going to award the Salutorian and Valedictorian. If anything, awarding a number to everyone else is the participation trophy." Oct 17, 17 5:52 PM

Zeldin Votes Against Bipartisan Harvey Relief Bill After Debt Ceiling Measure Is Added

I actually agree with you there, 27dan: there's not enough interest in new legislation for us to do anything, so there you have it.

Ambivalence in the face of mass murder." Oct 17, 17 6:57 PM

From the comfort of computer chairs you all seem very bold.

I wonder if, in adolescence with careers hanging in the balance, you would all be equally empowered." Oct 17, 17 7:01 PM

The fault lies with the people abusing their power over others, not with the recipients of that abuse.

I would hope that my daughters are capable of recognizing and defending themselves from that abuse, but I wouldn't tell them it's their fault they were taken advantage of." Oct 17, 17 8:17 PM

I'm starting to think mets is not actually genuinely in favor of rational gun laws because he's sounding more like a "boogeyman" caricature from the NRA's wet dreams.

In contrast: I think there's common ground to be found on small but concrete steps to reduce the amount of harm people can do with firearms, and I don't think an all-inclusive registry, a la mets, is necessary to do that.

I don't think we'll actually find that common ground, but I believe it exists." Oct 17, 17 8:27 PM

Westhampton Beach Board Of Education Unanimously Votes To Get Rid Of Class Rank

Ok, wise guy. Do you think a class ranking is a better metric?

Obviously SATs aren't the only thing admissions looks at (did anyone say that?) but the benefits of generating class rankings (which is the actual topic of this conversation) are meager compared to the risks." Oct 17, 17 8:30 PM

That's fair, if there was only one opportunity to take the exam and they were stuck with the grade (it isn't and they're not).

The student can also show consistency on their grades throughout their transcript, which is still going to be part of the admissions package.

I feel like a lot of people are modeling their answer after what school was like when they graduated...well,thinks have changed, including being able to take the SAT multiple times and only sending colleges your highest score. " Oct 18, 17 6:20 AM

Woman Upset After Piebald Deer Is Killed Near Her Hampton Bays Home

I'm no hunter so I'm curious: what would you have done differently?" Oct 18, 17 7:10 AM

Zeldin Votes Against Bipartisan Harvey Relief Bill After Debt Ceiling Measure Is Added

That's the problem with any discussion about gun-control: it gets taken over by fringe-loonies talking about registries and tyranny, and then the reasonable folks take the loudest voices as representative of their side.

For the folks who think the answer is an all-inclusive registry: it's never going to happen, the people aren't interested.

For the folks scared of the big bad gov't enacting martial law: the government IS US, it's you, your brothers, sisters and cousins who would carry out those orders, the very kind of illegal orders they have been educated by the military TO DISOBEY." Oct 18, 17 8:10 AM

Westhampton Beach Board Of Education Unanimously Votes To Get Rid Of Class Rank

Beyond a pat on the back, it doesn't really matter or mean anything if you win the race at most high schools, since the #1 class ranking in School A may be easier to attain than being in the top 25 at School B.

Coincidentally, class-ranking based admissions were the focus of an affirmative action case in Texas: UT accepts (accepted?) any applicant who is in the top 10% of their graduating class, irrespective of any other qualifications, resulting in greater diversity at their campus." Oct 18, 17 8:18 AM

There's actually plenty of risk, since the students cannot be easily compared against each other.

A non-flashy number will count against kids who attend higher-performing schools despite their having much more competition, whereas children who rank higher at worse schools will be looked at more favorably, despite having less competitive classmates." Oct 18, 17 8:39 AM

Schools Warn Parents Of New E-Cigarettes That Are More Easily Concealed--But Still Unwelcome

If your kids say there are no negative effects of vaping, ask if they've ever heard of "popcorn lung", an irreversible disease that affects the smaller airways in the lungs." Oct 18, 17 9:33 AM

Westhampton Beach Board Of Education Unanimously Votes To Get Rid Of Class Rank

In retrospect, do you think class ranks would have benefited you?" Oct 18, 17 11:18 AM

I believe in them insofar I believe they exist, but I'm not sure if that answers your question.

Why are we talking about this though? Haven't we already established that, if anything, getting a class rank beyond valedictorian/salutorian is the real participation trophy?" Oct 18, 17 12:53 PM

Is your belief that they are doing it to spare people's feelings based on anything, or are you just spitballing?

I think it's cute that you have faith in admissions departments to always get it right. As for me, I'd rather give my kids the best chance possible." Oct 18, 17 12:58 PM

You might have seen this already, but I'm repeating it here for your benefit:

A non-flashy number will count against kids who attend higher-performing schools despite their having much more competition, whereas children who rank higher at worse schools will be looked at more favorably, despite having less competitive classmates." Oct 18, 17 12:59 PM

Zeldin Votes Against Bipartisan Harvey Relief Bill After Debt Ceiling Measure Is Added

You know, I've actually taken to ignoring Erin so I didn't even get to the conspiracy theory woven into her comment...bonkers indeed." Oct 18, 17 2:21 PM

My favorite part was when he did the whole "BUT CHICAGO" thing, then immediately dropped it once we started talking about the state of Indiana." Oct 18, 17 2:33 PM

Southampton Town Police Chief Credits Drop In Crime Rates To New Analytic Tools

The five months with the most activity on the east end, no?

Thanks for the hard work, SHPD!" Oct 18, 17 2:47 PM

Westhampton Beach Board Of Education Unanimously Votes To Get Rid Of Class Rank

We're all just trying to do right by our kids. Thanks for the response! " Oct 18, 17 5:14 PM

It might be, but I think kids are reminded of that plenty already, at least more than when I was growing up. " Oct 18, 17 6:36 PM

Zeldin Votes Against Bipartisan Harvey Relief Bill After Debt Ceiling Measure Is Added

With the number of times the previous administration was put under a microscope, you'd think they'd have found something. This is the Benghazi hearings all over again. Can't wait for the GOP to find no wrongdoing again. " Oct 19, 17 5:58 AM

I've always been curious...what do responsible gun owners do with their arsenals when they die? Leave it to their heirs indiscriminately, or hopefully use some discretion? " Oct 19, 17 6:00 AM

I mean, it did work out pretty well for us if you weren't paying attention in history class. " Oct 19, 17 6:03 AM

Woman Upset After Piebald Deer Is Killed Near Her Hampton Bays Home

To your point of PTSD, there is a cause of action in NYS for intentional infliction of psychological pain but this probably wouldn't meet the "intentional" element, or rise to the level of malicious action required.

The hunters here are better suited to answer the rest of your questions. " Oct 19, 17 6:14 AM

Southampton Town Police Chief Credits Drop In Crime Rates To New Analytic Tools

I'm sure the SHPD would love to investigate any tips you may have. " Oct 19, 17 7:35 AM

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