What horrible irony: “A helicopter ferrying a patient with a medical emergency from the Grand Canyon collided into another chopper carrying a patient near a northern Arizona hospital, leaving six people dead and critically injuring a nurse…An explosion on one of the aircraft after the crash injured two emergency workers who arrived with a ground ambulance company. “
While no cause was yet published, the lack of air traffic control may have contributed. “It’s rare for two medical helicopters to attempt to land at a hospital at the same time…it’s up to the pilots to watch each other as they approach.” [Source]
noraleah:… and it is vital that we get a Democrat in the White House before the Supreme Court is insurmountably conservative. Keep in mind, DC is one of the most violent cities in the country. The last thing it needs is a population packing heat.
Another thing to think about: every year, more than 30,000 people die by gun violence. That is 10 times the number killed on 9/11. An economist would say our national fears and policy priorities are irrational, and they are.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Americans have a right to own guns for self-defense and hunting, the justices’ first major pronouncement on gun rights in U.S. history.
The court’s 5-4 ruling struck down the District of Columbia’s 32-year-old ban on handguns as incompatible with gun rights under the Second Amendment. The decision went further than even the Bush administration wanted, but probably leaves most firearms laws intact. NYT.
Chris Rock really nailed our gun control/prohibition insecurities, joking:
- “Gun control? We need bullet control! I think every bullet should cost 5,000 dollars. Because if a bullet cost five thousand dollars, we wouldn’t have any innocent bystander.”
- “Never go to clubs with metal detectors. Sure it feels safe inside. But what about all those *****s waiting outside with guns? They know you ain’t got one.”
Curiously, many other developed countries have dramatically lower ratio of gun deaths to gun ownership. The US is among the leaders, I believe (with such esteemed company as Northern Ireland). [Source] Anyone know of research on that causality?
As far as policy rationality - several varyingly preventable causes of death are 10 - 20x as common as gun deaths. Heart disease just among women will take roughly as many lives this month as guns will this year.
True, and amusing given the Dalai Lama holds a terminal degree in Buddhist Philosophy. Maybe you must conquer complicated philosophy before explaining why the masses needn’t bother with it?
- Clarawalnuts: Is it true you haven't showered since Friday morning?
- HostileHolly: Yes.
- Clarawalnuts: Not even after your 8 mile run?
- HostileHolly: Nope.
mallisser explained “Regis Philbin’s full name is Regis Francis Xavier Philbin…
His parents, devout Catholics, named him Regis after Regis High School, an all boys Catholic high school in Manhattan. He was named Francis Xavier after Saint Francis Xavier, which also happens to be the name of another all boys Catholic high school in Manhattan…”
Funny adendum: Philbin’s father started at Regis HS (my alma mater), but was kicked out. Yet, he still made it the son’s namesake! The elder Philbin subsequently graduated from Cardinal Hayes in SoBro- where Regis later studied.
The FBI/DOJ effort, called Operation Malicious Mortgage, which could’ve just as easily been a retail slogan in ‘06, targets “real-estate agents, lawyers, appraisers and borrowers…for their roles in the collapse of hedge funds that helped ignite the sub-prime meltdown.”
Go directly to jail. Do not pass GO. Do not collect $200M in bonuses.