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4/1/2013 6:00:00 AM
Letter: More change is coming

For 62 years, I was perfectly content being totally disinterested in anything political. Then, when Senator Obama decided to run for the presidency, and I saw the immoral way he was being treated, I found myself suddenly and totally engrossed in everything political, and started listening to the news 24/7. And for the last five years, I have dwelt on the dedication our president put forth to bring us out of the Republican's recession, and the deplorable and unrelenting lies, extremism, racism, and antics of the Republican Party.

I have defended President Obama tirelessly against the tirades of Obama haters in these letters to the editor. I, along with other Democrats, have been called stupid and ignorant and every other derogatory name by right-wing posters simply because we support our president. Yet these same posters believe the hate and ridiculous garbage spewed by the likes of Rush Limbaugh, Glen Beck, and Sean Hannity.

We Democrats have been personally attacked and ridiculed by these radical, conspiracy-loving Obama-haters. And I, for one, have grown tired of trying to talk sense to people whose only sense is ruled by hatred and lies. I am proud of President Obama and his accomplishments. He has brought this country back from a devastating recession and kept us from suffering through another Great Depression. However, since having my heart attack, I realized that I had better things to do with the rest of my life than dwell on the letters to the editor section of this newspaper or listening to the news.

I will continue to support our president and Democrats with my vote, without any interference from those who resort to lies in order to prove their point and who despise all Democrats. The more extreme and radical the Republicans become because they are ruled by the Tea Party, more and more people will vote the Republicans out of office. Once this obstructionist party no longer has the ability to obstruct, then the Democrats will get done what needs to get done. Whew! Already, I feel as though a weight has been lifted off my shoulders.

Lori Gabriel-Dane

Kingman




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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, April 13, 2013
Article comment by: Unbelievably appalling (part III) .....

I realise this is Kingman, and keeping peoples' attention here on anything global is like dragging a dog back to its latest act of nature for reproof. Nonetheless, we have an historic spectacle in front of us which should be appreciated - on Sunday, the BBC in London will play "Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead" in mock celebration of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's upcoming funeral (BBC Radio1 controller Ben Cooper stated that it was a "difficult" decision to play the song on the Official Chart Show). Well, folks, if the BBC can dump on poor ol' Maggie like this, we can do the same with the scoundrels running Kingman. I think the Daily Miner should take submissions for the most appalling comments - preferably a song, poem, or dance - charachterising the crime wave which has passed for local Government. What do you think?

Posted: Thursday, April 11, 2013
Article comment by: Frank Lee Speaking

@doing research

"Here's a parallel to consider - how do you keep them from driving? You give them a test to get a license. Not 100% fool-proof, but it helps some. However, will you cry out that this impugnes upon your 2nd amendment rights and is like a poll tax?"

Just another lame leftist analogy. Apparently you are too busy doing research to bother to read the Bill Of Rights.

Driving is NOT a right. Keeping and bearing arms is. And when you finally do get around to reading the 2nd Amendment, focus on the words "shall not be infringed".

Glad I could clear that up for you. I know it seems soooooo complicated to leftists.

LOL



Posted: Thursday, April 11, 2013
Article comment by: The Root

@ doing research
A mentally Ill person cannot Legally own a firearm, so your question is moot. One of the questions on a 4473 states: Are you currently under mental health evaluation?
Answering YES is a denial at the dealer level and is made before the phone call. Same with the "medical" guys. "are you addicted to, or a habitual user of drugs? YES is another denial at the dealer level.

The crux of the problem is that people scream for enhanced background checks, but without the medical community forwarding the needed info about a mental patient, how does the FBI know that person should not have a firearm? Until Patient privacy rights are changed in regard to mental illness, NCIC will be useless in preventing the mental defectives from getting firearms.


Posted: Thursday, April 11, 2013
Article comment by: Appalling, part II .....

We were speaking here of appalling comments or behaviour. Well, news broke this morning that "Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead" (from the 1939 Wizard Of Oz film) has raced to the top of Amazon U.K.'s downloading chart. This - for those of you who do not consider Kingman as sharing this planet with others of different culture and sentiment - is a reference to the not-dearly departed former British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher. She dropped dead earlier this week from a stroke. Various cruelties and other incensed offerings have been displayed for all to see in the event ("what did Michael Jackson and Maggie Thatcher have in common? They both sc----d minors" was one - a reference to her crushing England's miners' union). It's funny when some here decry 'appalling' comments, when we are literally surrounded by appalling Government crime and abuse. I hereby call for more appalling comments, and bless you in the event.

Posted: Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Article comment by: Doing Research

@The Root

First off, I do appreciate the use of the word "clusterjerk" - I've struggled, heck, even yesterday, to find a PG version of that phrase, and haven't heard this before. For that, I honestly do give you kudos.

OK, as for this gun thing.... yeah, HIPPA does us a lot of favors, not the least of which is to not have to tell your boss if you have cancer, which they might fire you for because it means *potential* time off from work. Yes, there are trade-offs, like not being able to cross-reference mental health databases.

And btw, I've never claimed to be an expert in background checks. If you are, that's great.

However, that's not an excuse to throw up your hands in the air and never cross the void. Mental illness comes in lots of shapes and sizes - and simply having more people armed isn't going to prevent the mentally ill from doing anything either. You're not treating the disease, you're treating the symptoms.

So, The Root, let's get to the root of the problem. How do you, without having access to mental health databases, prevent mentally ill people from getting guns legally?

Here's a parallel to consider - how do you keep them from driving? You give them a test to get a license. Not 100% fool-proof, but it helps some. However, will you cry out that this impugnes upon your 2nd amendment rights and is like a poll tax?

246 words


Posted: Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Article comment by: Just A. Citizen

Yeah. Good riddance. Why don't you move to Hagerstown so you can be closer to the perfect American.

Posted: Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Article comment by: Jimi Lightfoot

@A Serious Thought

Please forgive my skepticism for the racial hyper-vigilance.

As a minority myself I have too often seen the finger of racism pointing at others while the other 3 correctly pointed at the accuser.

Take the ever enlighten and racially vigilant Sean Penn.

His adult son recently called a photographer the N word on camera with his father in ear shot.

Penn neither chided his boy nor apologized to the man.

I know Penn’s son has heard that at home from his father’s own hypocritical mouth and feels entitled by liberal license, to freely judge and label people “racist” or “N”

When you’re that rich you can at least afford an apology.

Then we have Biden, who first described Obama with these exact words,

“I mean, you got the first, sort a, mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy,” he said. “I mean, that’s a storybook, man.”

So Obama was the first clean, well spoken, intelligent black man in politics Joe had known of.

After 4 years of working with Obama and vying for re-election Joe later told an audience of black people, in his best urban, ethnic accent, what Romney was going to do,

“He gone put yall back in chains.”

This was not only a racially insensitive remark but mocking. Not a word is heard from any of the self-proclaimed protectants of the downtrodden minority.

Poetic justice that the Democratic Party ensured Joe would be calling Obama “Boss” for the next 4 years.

So the word “black brother” shouldn’t bother anyone. But who am I to judge? But who are you to judge?

Be aware of the most of the self-righteous race mongers will be the first ones to make a racial slur when their guard is down.

We are


Posted: Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Article comment by: The Root

@ V

You are correct, forgive me, it was early and the coffee had not kicked in.


But both terms could be correct because one seems to do as good as the other in keeping firearms out of the hands of those that should not have them.


Posted: Monday, April 8, 2013
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

“I'm guessing you meant NCIC?”

No, Root meant NCIS.


Posted: Monday, April 8, 2013
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

FLS

“The editors owe you nothing. Reading the comment that you quoted in yours I saw nothing ‘racist’ about it.”

Of course you didn’t – racists never see racism, they just perpetuate it.

“By the way, I just loved your overuse of the exclamation point.”

It’s kinda like your overuse of the “LOL” meme, isn’t it?


Posted: Monday, April 8, 2013
Article comment by: Frank Lee Speaking

@Absolutely Appalling!

"I find it absolutely appalling even for the KDM to allow racist remarks "anywhere" in it's pages. There is no place anywhere for racism! I think the "Editors" owe the public an apology!"

The editors owe you nothing. Reading the comment that you quoted in yours I saw nothing "racist" about it. Are you saying that unemployment in the Black community is not much much higher than for other people.......or that it should not be brought up and mentioned because it shows what a waste decades of govt programs have been? Maybe the war on poverty just needs a a bigger infusion of cash wasted on it. By the way, I just loved your overuse of the exclamation point.

LOL



Posted: Monday, April 8, 2013
Article comment by: V Stokes

@The Root

I hope you just misspoke? NCIS is a TV show and stands for Naval Criminal Investigative Service.

I'm guessing you meant NCIC?


Posted: Monday, April 8, 2013
Article comment by: A Serious Thought

@ Jimi Lightfoot

It's a racist statement no matter who says it, left, middle, or far right. There is no place for it and trying to twist it into a political statement does not make it right. As long as people continue to make these statements racism will always be around.


Posted: Monday, April 8, 2013
Article comment by: Origional Kingman Resident

@Jimi Lightfoot

I think that the word brother is a secret code word for racism. The left has a dictionary full of code words.


Posted: Monday, April 8, 2013
Article comment by: Linda Athens

I am reposting most of Jimi Lightfoots post because it is the best post I have read in a year. (too long for all of it!)

To call a person a racist for pointing out blacks have higher unemployment than others which is a fact, does not a racist make but does point out the mentality of the left.

Thanks Jimi!!

>>>"Meanwhile your black brothers in America have a 25% unemployment rate but who's looking at skin color?"

This is not a racist statement. It is a statement of fact.

The liberal, above all, should consider all races his brothers and sisters.

The high rate of unemployment among the black population should be examined for its root causes instead of liberals focusing on a conservation using the words “black brother.”

The question of “but who's looking at skin color?" was obviously meant to be a jab at the liberal left who are obsessed with race and want to be at the fore front of the easily perceived slights on a particular race but remain mum on the deep rooted, core topics of black on black crime, gang influence and mentality and the low unemployment rate.

It seems that the liberal goes for the easy answers. If they can put all the blame on a conservative white, then defame them by labeling them a “racist,” they consider the problems solved. But they dare not delve into the root causes of dysfunctions of the black society.

Because calling someone “racist” won’t answer these questions, the liberal refrains from further discussion.

Violence, gangs and unemployment are not part of the black American culture. But the liberal avoids examination and self-recrimination, as if these issues are indeed part of the black culture and should be respectfully ignored and un-mentioned. .......


Posted: Monday, April 8, 2013
Article comment by: The Root

@ Doing Research

I would go back to the NFA act of 1934 if I wanted to start outlining restrictions placed upon firearms.

Does not change the fact that Hippa laws prevent the mentally defects of the country from even being placed into a restricted database, preventing them from purchasing firearms. Case in point, almost ALL of the "mass shooting suspects" recently have had some form of psych evals. In a perfect world, they would be denied at the dealer level by a 4473/NCIS check. But because of patient rights and Patient Privacy laws, those warning flags never reach the proper people.

As a former FFL holder(01,03,05 and 07) I am more versed in the background NCIS check and Federal/state laws regarding firearms than you will ever be. If you wish, I can forward the ATF's Big Blue Book to you and you can read up on the clusterjerk that are existing Firearms laws, both federal and state.


And on that note, the Big Blue Book is over 950 pages thick.....why do we not enforce the laws already on the books, instead of adding more laws that will not be enforced?


Posted: Monday, April 8, 2013
Article comment by: Appalling, you say? .....

The last thing we want to do is to appall anyone here. The sentiment, I can assure, is not universally held overseas - not even towards the recently departed. Maggie Thatcher's body hadn't even become cold to the touch (the former British Prime Minister died of a stroke this morning at age 87), and hardly anybody wanted to touch her anyway, when the (appalling) comments began rolling in. From U.K. web sites today --- "The makers of The Margaret Thatcher Life Story film had put plans for its production on hold until she died, to make sure it had a happy ending"....."Plans for Margaret Thatcher's state funeral have begun - it'll be the first time the 21-gun salute is fired into the coffin"....."They're planning a state funeral for Ms.Thatcher - why did they have to wait (until she died)?" You get the drift. Years ago in a conversation with British Airways staff, I was unable to elicit a single note of condolence towards Lady Diana. One man made what I could only describe as an utterly unvarnished comment about the frequency and unguarded manner in which she had availed herself to various & sundry men. It was all so British, and really.....quite appalling.

Posted: Monday, April 8, 2013
Article comment by: Jimi Lightfoot

"Meanwhile your black brothers in America have a 25% unemployment rate but who's looking at skin color?"

This is not a racist statement. It is a statement of fact.

The liberal, above all, should consider all races his brothers and sisters.

The high rate of unemployment among the black population should be examined for its root causes instead of liberals focusing on a conservation using the words “black brother.”

The question of “but who's looking at skin color?" was obviously meant to be a jab at the liberal left who are obsessed with race and want to be at the fore front of the easily perceived slights on a particular race but remain mum on the deep rooted, core topics of black on black crime, gang influence and mentality and the low unemployment rate.

It seems that the liberal goes for the easy answers. If they can put all the blame on a conservative white, then defame them by labeling them a “racist,” they consider the problems solved. But they dare not delve into the root causes of dysfunctions of the black society.

Because calling someone “racist” won’t answer these questions, the liberal refrains from further discussion.

Violence, gangs and unemployment are not part of the black American culture. But the liberal avoids examination and self-recrimination, as if these issues are indeed part of the black culture and should be respectfully ignored and un-mentioned.

There are no more marches with Dr. Martin Luther King. No modern day liberal is going to get black street cred by marching with today’s buffoons and screaming “racist!” at white conservatives.

Those whites that did march with Dr. King and had their heads cracked are dead now or they remain in relative dignified silence. They aren’t out there calling people “racists.”


Posted: Monday, April 8, 2013
Article comment by: tj denton

anson, what exactly do you think the word "pass" means? he recieves the budget proposal, then either vetos (denies) it, or signs (PASSES) it into law. it was a nice attempt to insult my intelligence, but it didnt make any sense at all. keep playing.

a little english lesson so the game can go on without any more hindrance.

the word pass in its noun form: to permit


Posted: Sunday, April 7, 2013
Article comment by: nnp .....

It isn't really a defense of LA's "your black brothers" statement, but Obama did conclude his recent inauguration speech with a reference to "our gay brothers and sisters". That statement was very presumptuous to the ears of many, including this writer.

Posted: Sunday, April 7, 2013
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

Teeje

“Chuckles, im not mad about obama not passing a budget,…”

Uhh, the president does not “pass” a budget. He signs or vetoes a budget sent to him by Congress. No wonder you’re so angry – you don’t know how the system works.


Posted: Sunday, April 7, 2013
Article comment by: Absolutely Appalling!

"Meanwhile your black brothers in America have a 25% unemployment rate but who's looking at skin color?"

I find it absolutely appalling even for the KDM to allow racist remarks "anywhere" in it's pages. There is no place anywhere for racism! I think the "Editors" owe the public an apology!


Posted: Sunday, April 7, 2013
Article comment by: A Serious Thought

@ Linda Athens

"Meanwhile your black brothers in America have a 25% unemployment rate but who's looking at skin color?"

Finally the truth comes out Linda! That's a racist remark if I ever heard one. I knew you were a racist all along, oh but that's right, you have black friends. Pleaseeee!


Posted: Sunday, April 7, 2013
Article comment by: Nice Chuckle

@Linda

"And that whopping $33,000 you are giving back to the treasury out of the $400,000 salary you get - well, it is actually miserly. 5%. Wow! Others are giving back 20%."

Before you copy and paste another chain email rant, probably from Rush or Beck, you should check the math. 5% of 400k is 20k not 33k. Oops, darn those pesky facts.


Posted: Sunday, April 7, 2013
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

Capt Goofy

“… you would think you liberals would look at what liberalism has done to Mexifornia…”

You keep talking about this fantasy place called Mexifornia? What is your obsession with someplace that does not exist and why does your fantasy have anything to do with discussions here?



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