Shooting might be tipping point on guns

first_img5) In contrast, the first President George Bush showed courage and patriotism.As a volunteer teenage combat pilot, he was shot down and rescued at sea.He resigned his NRA membership when its original mission of responsible gun ownership was replaced by fringe group agendas. President Bush also called for a kinder and gentler nation.It’s the antithesis of the fear-mongering NRA.Frank WicksSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crashEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationSchenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departmentsMotorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crash The slaughter of 17 in a Florida school may be a tipping point. Major companies are suddenly dropping National Rifle Association (NRA) endorsements.A new generation of politicians might find the following to be a winning combination.1) Declare the NRA to be a terrorist organization. It enables assault weapons for mass killings of increasing frequency. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinioncenter_img Meanwhile, repeated carnage in Australia has been stopped with buybacks.2) Claiming the Second Amendment allows assault weapons is ludicrous. A one-shot musket and bayonet were the weapons of our Founding Fathers.3) Debating age for ownership, banning bump stocks, background checks and arming teachers are red herrings.Responsible assault weapon ownership is an oxymoron.Anyone wanting one should be judged as too dangerous to have one.4) Samuel Johnson observed that patriotism is the refuge of scoundrels. Assault weapons are for cowards and fake patriots.The flag-waving NRA leader and the president of the United States both found ways to avoid military service.last_img read more

Dzeko: One Day I hope to return to Wolfsburg as a Player

first_imgThe German Wolfsburg marked its 20-year-long play in Bundesliga, and hosted a group of footballers in 1997 who won the placement in the German elite and the All Star team.On the one side there were Roy Präger, Holger Ballwanz, Detlev Dammeier … who won the Bundesliga placement in 1997 and Zvjezdan Misimovic, Edin Dzeko, Josue, Martin Petrov, Naldo …, footballers who won the championship title.Edin Dzeko, arrived on Saturday in Wolfsburg saying the following:“I am 31 years old, but only on paper, but I feel better than ever. I have a three-year contract with Roma where I feel very good. However, one day I hope to return to Wolfsburg as a player – Dzeko said during the evening meal.“All I have done in my career I owe to Wolfsburg. If there was no Wolfsburg, there would be no Manchester City and Roma,” concluded Dzeko.Dzeko and Mismovic have recently been elected to the top 11 of Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga and Edin Dzeko got the most votes from the fans.(Source: faktor)last_img read more

Arsenal defy subdued Wenger send off to hammer West Ham

first_img0Shares0000Wenger waves to the crowd as he takes his seat for one of his final home games in charge of Arsenal. © AFP / Ian KINGTONLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 22 – Arsene Wenger decided to bring his 22-year reign as manager to a close to unite the club’s frustrated fanbase, the Frenchman revealed after a 4-1 victory over West Ham was played out in a surprisingly subdued atmosphere at the Emirates on Sunday.Wenger, 68, had come under growing pressure to go by supporters prior to making his decision public on Friday. Arsenal have won three Premier League titles and a record seven FA Cups under Wenger, but haven’t won the league for 14 years.The Gunners are on course for their worst-ever finish of Wenger’s reign in the Premier League as they languish in sixth, six points behind Chelsea, despite goals from Nacho Monreal, Aaron Ramsey and two late strikes from Alexandre Lacazette ensuring a comfortable victory over West Ham.“The fans did not give me the image of unity I want all over the world and that was hurtful because I think the club is respected,” said Wenger.“Overall, the image we gave is not what it is and not what I like.”In his programme notes Wenger reiterated his plea for the fans to get behind the team for the rest of the season with Arsenal still in with a chance of qualifying for next season’s Champions League via the Europa League.But there were only sporadic chants of “there’s only one Arsene Wenger” from the home support, whilst, continuing a trend in recent home games, empty seats could be seen around the Emirates.“I’m not resentful,” added Wenger. “I just feel if my personality is in the way of what I think our club needs, for me that is more important than me.”– Atletico await –Wenger can still sign off leaving the club in the Champions League by winning the Europa League, where Arsenal host Spanish giants Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their semi-final on Thursday.He named a strong side against West Ham with only Petr Cech, Jack Wilshere and Mesut Ozil missing from the expected XI to face Atletico in midweek.However, amidst a surprisingly low-key atmosphere in the circumstances, the visitors’ greater need for the points shone through with a bright start.Marko Arnautovic was denied from a narrow angle by David Ospina before Cheikhou Kouyate’s looping header came back off the top of the crossbar.However, Arsenal appeared a different side after the break to the one that laboured in the first half and Monreal put them ahead on 51 minutes by guiding Granit Xhaka’s corner into the bottom corner to punish some awful West Ham marking.West Ham manager David Moyes reacted by sending on Manuel Lanzini and Javier Hernandez from the bench and was rewarded almost instantly as the former’s cute through ball was smashed home by Arnautovic.Joe Hart did his chances of making England’s World Cup squad no harm with stunning saves from Xhaka and Danny Welbeck.However, he was caught flat-footed when Declan Rice ducked out the way of Aaron Ramsey’s cross eight minutes from time and the ball floated into the far corner.“Up until 82 minutes we were looking well worthy of a point,” said Moyes.“The young player makes a really poor mistake on the second goal. I hope he learns from it because he’s got big potential, but I think it really flattened the team.”And Arsenal piled on more mistery for the Hammers as Lacazette twice fired home from close range in the final five minutes.Defeat leaves West Ham still seven points above the relegation zone, but their chances of survival were boosted as Stoke failed to beat Burnley in a 1-1 draw to remain four points off safety.Badou Ndiaye had given the hosts the lead in the Potteries, but Ashley Barnes’s leveller just after the hour mark means Paul Lambert’s men need to win at least two of their remaining three fixtures to have any chance of beating the drop.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

‘Bad’ women real target of abortion law

first_imgWhen legislators way up there in the wilds of South Dakota passed a ban on abortion in February, it was easy to write it off as winter dementia. Obviously those snow-bound South Dakotans were desperate to get some attention by passing a law in direct opposition to the U.S. Constitution. (Hey, Supreme Court, look at me!!) What’s going on in Louisiana isn’t so easy to disregard, however, and not just because Hurricane Katrina’s still so fresh in the mind. The Legislature down in the Bayou State is following South Dakota’s lead and working on an even stricter ban on all abortions. The South Dakota version at least has some leniency built in for saving the life of the mother, but some Louisiana legislators oppose even that. And neither state’s abortion ban would make an exception for the 14-year-old girl raped by her uncle or the neighborhood pedophile. Perhaps the naive reasoning goes that since rape and incest are against the law, it will never happen. Aren’t laws great? Those border-enforcement ones have been working out so well. It won’t be long before other conservative-leaning states start getting the hint and outlawing abortion, too. They can’t actually enforce their impotent anti-abortion laws, but what a great way to provoke a reopening of the landmark Supreme Court case, Roe v. Wade. For the anti-abortion faction, the new conservative-leaning court is crying out for a revisiting of the 33-year-old ruling that did something no other single act ever did give American women the right to control their own bodies. Therein lies the real point of the debate. It isn’t really about abortion. Legal or not, desperate pregnant women will find a way to end their pregnancies, as they have through thousands of years of human history. No, this is really a smackdown of modern women who have gotten uppity in the past three decades once they were allowed to decide when and if to bear children, and with whom. Now, many are deciding not to marry at all. Clearly, something had to be done. Behind all the rhetoric about “baby killing” and “protecting the unborn,” there’s a deeper, angrier thread about the changing role of women and how it has disrupted those traditional, if mythical “family values.” Still, the strident will yell, “The babies must not die!” OK, OK. I think everybody agrees that the killing of babies, even teeny weeny cell-cluster ones, is definitely not cool. Abortions are terrible, horrible and painful things no more so than for the woman who goes through them. This message has gotten through. Fewer women and teenage girls are having abortions these days. Meanwhile, more women are choosing to have babies. Anyone with eyes or a subscription to People magazine has noticed there’s a baby boomlet on. And not just among celebrities like Britney and Angelina, who are making their “bumps” the red carpet accessory this year. (Celebrities would adopt full body veils if fashion dictated. “Next on ‘ET,’ Paris on burkas: “They’re hot!”‘) Official statistics bear out this trend among real people. Birth rates increased nationwide in 2004 over the previous year, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. What’s no doubt chilling to traditionalists is that of the 4.1 million births in 2004, the last year for which the NCHS has reported, a record number, or 1.5 million babies, were born to unmarried women. Considering that’s part of an upward trend, bet on the 2005 figures and 2006 increasing. Meanwhile, single women are now the largest segment of the home-buying population. Double yikes. Thus the backlash. And since it’s unseemly to come across as sexist, the “bad woman” debate has been sublimated into the “bad abortion” debate. After all, it was Roe v. Wade that started it all. It’s all so sadly predictable. Each period of women’s rights making strides was followed by a backlash. In the post-Civil War days, for example, when the women’s suffrage movement started gaining real ground and legitimacy, the growing self-determination of women was soon quashed. Men like Anthony Comstock, a crusader against “immorality,” which extended to condoms and medical anatomy textbooks, led the crackdown. It took another half-century of struggle before women finally got the right to vote. It appears inevitable that we’re headed to some sort of forced national debate on abortion. But we’d better be clear what it is we’re debating, and it’s not the children. Mariel Garza is a columnist and editorial writer for the Los Angeles Daily News. Write to her by e-mail at AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more