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At The Brink: Dr. John Lott Defines America’s Calamity

The More Guns, Less Crime author is back, with harrowing statistics.

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Clayton E. Cramer

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May 17, 2013 - 12:00 am
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Regular readers here doubtless know the crock of lies underlying the gun control cause and may find some of Dr. Lott’s chapter three not terribly surprising: still, it is useful to have this chapter documenting so much of the history and dishonesty of Operation Fast & Furious. This is especially useful as so much of the mainstream news media chose to ignore or whitewash the Obama administration’s actions.

At The Brink is pleasantly readable: while some of Dr. Lott’s earlier books could cause a well-educated reader to wish he had recently taken introductory statistics, Dr. Lott has made sure this is clear for a non-technical audience — without “dumbing down” the material.

Increasingly, America is divided into warring political camps, one of which will dismiss At The Brink because it criticizes the Obamessiah while the other will celebrate its blunt criticism. But there is an even more important and destructive divide going on: between those who read serious books (including people on both sides of the political divide) and the large majority of low-information voters. How much impact can an important book on public policy have in a society where food stamps and subsidized cell phones have replaced bread and circuses?

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Clayton E. Cramer teaches history at the College of Western Idaho. His most recent book is My Brother Ron: A Personal and Social History of the Deinstitutionalization of the Mentally Ill (2012). He is raising capital for a feature film about the Oberlin Rescue of 1858.

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The catastrophe of the era of the monster Hussein cannot be "walked back" any longer. The American Constitutional Republic that existed prior to 2008 is already dead and gone. Whatever happens from this point forward is unknown, but the country we all knew as the late, great USA is history. The only way forward is to begin the process of nullification and secession to re-establish the rule of law and adherence to the Constitution in those areas of the country that have not completely succumbed to the new Marxist tyranny.
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I think America HAS gone over the "brink." Roughly half of the population do not want or even understand the America that the founders created. They are imposing their vision of a dependent society on the rest of us, stripping our liberty while making us pay for it. They are attempting to regulate patriots into extinction - and they are succeeding. The questions are, what can we do about it? What will we do about it?
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KK, Americans DO NOT CARE about gun control except when it comes to proper aim! And, it appears that many Dims will soon be sprouting targets on their backs...
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Working on a crossword puzzle here. (Interestingly, its in the shape of the President's head. Big ears and all.) Looking for a 3 letter for "...misrepresented what actually happened..." Startes with an 'L' and ends with an 'E'.
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Over half of the voters can answer basic questions about our country.
1. 5 of the Supreme court judges.
2. Who is the Secretary of State .
3.What is the Bill of Rights.
4.Who were our enemies in World War Two.
5. Why do we celebrate the Fourth
of July
6.Who is the Speaker of the House.
7 Who is John Kerry.
8.Who was President during the Civil Was
9 What does the initials "DC" stand for.

95% of the kids in High School could not answer all ten
95% of the people on food Stamps could not answer all ten
95% on Welfare could not answer all ten.
65% of the kids in Collage could answer all ten
95% of the above will vote a Democrat ticket

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To the list, I’d add the threat of radical Islam, the rise of China as an economic and military power determined to dominate Asia and the efforts of an army of illegal colonizers to plant the failed, corrupt culture they came from in the US> I will link to this from my Old Jarhead blog. (www.tartanmarine.blogspot.com)

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It is sad to see so many have given up, or say they have. I believe the present scandals caused by the rabid radicalism of the Left, along with the associated costs, will exact a heavy price during the next elections.

Those of us who are older have seen it all before. The libruls have a very bad habit of never being satisfied. They always push for more more more expensive programs. At some point they are thrown out for their excesses. Also keep in mind that the House has been securely in Repub hands for years and it serves to keep the crazy Lib accelerator in check to some degree.

Look at it this way: Jamie Foxx playing an American President in the White House is like Danny DiVito playing the part of Michael Jordan on the courts. Half the country might buy it because they like basketball, but not for long.
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No.

The Democrats will win most of the seats for which they are running in 2014.

One way or another.

Yes, I am predicting massive vote fraud.

Cooke county on a national scale.

I will also predict that Weiner *WILL* run for political office, and he *WILL* win (again, one way or another...).

Weiner's married to the Hideous Huma-Thing, rumored to be HRC's Very Good Friend...Huma, with her deep ties to the Muslem Brotherhood.

What better way to let us know that there is not the slightest chance of working within the system -to make us "feel ourselves subdued", IOW-than to impose Huma Abedin's beard upon us?
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I believe the DNC will hold the Senate and narrowly take the House in 2014, which will be attributed to American anger over the failure of gun control (cue 90% of Americans support mantra); take a wild guess what Congress will pass first in 2014-2015-??? :-(
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>>...provides a detailed examination of five areas where the Obama administration is about to take us over the edge into, perhaps, the irrevocable collapse of our republic.<<

Hello! That's the plan, or are one of those who still hasn't figured that out?
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Although you touch on the real problem at the last, it doesn't go far enough. There are no "low-information" voters; we are looking at the same events and history of the world and conspicuously ignoring what we don't like.

Throw all the statistics at a hard-core liberal you like, it won't change a thing. They "know" what they know and that's the end of it. Watch Glenn Greenwald duel Bill Maher and realize the panoply of racial myths Greenwald subscribes to while pinning that exact thing on others. America has bombed Muslims for 6 decades and blah, blah, blah and we don't like brown people and blah, blah, blah, but he does and it never ends.

There is no statistic these people won't twist or part of history these people won't throw down.
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I watched that Maher episode, even though I stopped watching that wretched show regularly two years ago, and I have to say I was proud of Maher for challenging Greenwald on that, even calling it "liberal bullsh*t." But you're right: The Narrative (i.e., whites are responsible for everything) is absolutely paramount and fact-proof.
1 year ago
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The catastrophe of the era of the monster Hussein cannot be "walked back" any longer. The American Constitutional Republic that existed prior to 2008 is already dead and gone. Whatever happens from this point forward is unknown, but the country we all knew as the late, great USA is history. The only way forward is to begin the process of nullification and secession to re-establish the rule of law and adherence to the Constitution in those areas of the country that have not completely succumbed to the new Marxist tyranny.
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I wholeheartedly agree with you-there is no longer anything about the USA worth salvaging, and that most definitely includes about 47-49% of the people living in it. You know, the ones who react to any comment about the constant, ongoing atrocities being committed against the US citizen and the Constitution with, "Yer just mad 'cause Obama's black."

You know, I hang out or lurk at certain hobby/lifestyle sites that are not political, but where the bulk of the posters are socially liberal/vote democratic. Hardly a day goes by in which I don;t see at least one slur directed against Christians/pro lifers/"rethuglicans"/"teabaggers" (aren't they ever so witty and clever?), and they are STILL harping on the defeated Todd Akin "Shut that whole thing down" inanity, but I have yet to see One. Word about Benghazi or the IRS Scandals. Not even to say "it's all politically motivated", that "Republicans do that too", or even "They're just mad 'cause Obama's black". NOTHING. Utter , dead silence, while *still* grousing daily about Todd Akin!

Secession would be great, not just to get rid of DC, but to get rid of these Marching Morons. And maybe the fall of the USSR will repeat itself here : No violence, no war, just a total economic collapse enabling "satellite republics", ie a few western and mid western states, to break away. Maybe when the USD ceases to be the global reserve currency-??? Hey, it could happen...Anything's possible...
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