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February 17, 2011 – Comments (10)

On the Daily Show with Jon Stewart, NBC's Brian Williams tells Jon that his security detail in Cairo had no firearms due to Egypt's strict gun control laws. Williams of course fled Egypt after he felt his safety was threatened.

You might think this would be a lesson to Brian about the real reason why the state seeks to disarm its citizens.

But I doubt it.

David in Qatar

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#1) On February 17, 2011 at 12:53 PM, jesusfreakinco (28.80) wrote:

Good find.

That would jeapordize his standing with the left... ain't gonna happen...

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#2) On February 17, 2011 at 1:36 PM, whereaminow (21.14) wrote:

I'm sure I'm a day late with this. Qatar, folks. Qatar

File this one under:

At Least He's Consistent

On the Colbert Report, his guest, unapologetic Marxist Eric Foner, explained why Abraham Lincoln was great for bringing about a totalitarian central government. Secession, you see, equals slavery.

Foner also opposed the seccessionist efforts of Latvia, Estonia, and Lithuania. So at least he's consistent. Not sure if he felt they were attempting to start slave-owning countries or not. Foner complained in a February 1991 article of The Nation that the USSR's puppet states were not showing overarching loyalty to the Soviet Union. He called on Gorbachev to intervene with force, if necessary.

For a long time I was a big fan of Lincoln as well. I bought into all of the stories. I don't know what the turning point for me was (outside of my internal yearning to own slaves hehe), but it probably turned as I realized the people telling me that Lincoln was great were usually totalitarian apologists (see Krugman, Paul). I simply can't keep that kind of company.

David in Qatar

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#3) On February 17, 2011 at 2:02 PM, Option1307 (29.69) wrote:

For a long time I was a big fan of Lincoln as well. I bought into all of the stories.

I will freely admit that I'm pretty ignorant when it comes to Lincoln besides the standard pro-him talk. Care to elaborate on what you mean by this comment or direct me to some links etc.?

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#4) On February 17, 2011 at 2:02 PM, Option1307 (29.69) wrote:

Btw keep up the thought provoking blogs, +1!

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#5) On February 17, 2011 at 2:31 PM, ChrisGraley (29.69) wrote:

Nothing like a shot of reality to change your opinion on gun rights.

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#6) On February 17, 2011 at 2:33 PM, kdakota630 (29.50) wrote:

whereaminow

For a long time I was a big fan of Lincoln as well.

Quite some time ago (likely before you were blogging here) someone blogged and linked an article rating the presidents and who they thought was the worst, and a number of people chose Lincoln.  I thought that was kind of goofy personally, but I tucked it away in the back of my brain.

Then while surfing some recommended reading material from Amazon.com I came across one of Thomas DiLorenzo's books about Lincoln (Lincoln Unmasked, I believe). That was my turning point.

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#7) On February 17, 2011 at 3:03 PM, whereaminow (21.14) wrote:

Option1307,

There are many great dissenting sources on Lincoln, including the work of Tom DiLorenzo. Just be certain you wish to go down this road. You will be labeled a racist, without a doubt, for even questioning the legitimacy of the Civil War. Being called a crackpot or a nujob probably doesn't bother most adults, but racist is another matter.

The most interesting one I've come across was written in 1863 and it was intended to be a pro-Lincoln book at the time. It's called Unconditional Loyalty. It's an eye-opener about what people who led the Union really felt about the role of government and rights of the people.

David in Qatar

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#8) On February 17, 2011 at 3:24 PM, smartmuffin (< 20) wrote:

David,

Speaking of Qatar, how are things over there?  Any unrest spreading to that particular state?  Are you ready to go into a bunker if things get bad?  Is that even a possibility?  I'm pretty ignorant as to the various middle-eastern regimes but it seems like this stuff is spreading all over.

I won't ask you to take a camera and go report on local demonstrations though, I'm sure some other people here might be wishing that sort of thing on you ;)

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#9) On February 17, 2011 at 3:45 PM, whereaminow (21.14) wrote:

smartmuffin,

I can't see it happening here, but I've been wrong before.

Qataris only make up some 10% of the population. Everyone else is on a work visa, like me, and can be deported at a moment's notice.

I see Qatar suffering a similar fate down the road if they start offering citizenship to non-Qataris. This has been discussed in relation to some World Cup provision for host countries that they don't meet because of their low citizenship to population ratio. After they give workers citizenship, deporting them really isn't feasible.

We'll see. I'm keeping my eyes and ears open, but I haven't seen anything significant yet.

David in Qatar

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#10) On February 17, 2011 at 4:47 PM, Option1307 (29.69) wrote:

Thanks for the info David, I'll check it out when I have free time and feel like getting crazy! ;)

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