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  1. Not all police officers are trained in the use of conducted energy weapons, no. And again, the job of the police is to neutralize the threat posed by those who pose an imminent threat of death or serious bodily injury to others; it is not simply to engage them in a fair fight. And even for those who are trained in the use of conducted energy weapons, their use is not feasible in every case. Distance, positioning, whether a person is under the influence of illicit substances, and numerous other factors determine the effectiveness of conducted energy weapons in any given case or situation.
  2. Have the teachings of various faiths been pressed into service to support causes that they should not support? Yes. But it would be one of the most egregious instances imaginable of throwing the baby out with the bathwater to say that this is a valid reason for jettisoning faith altogether. Churches were at the forefront of the Civil Rights Movement. To say otherwise is to ignore history and to denigrate the contributions of The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., The Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth, and too many others to list. Were there religious leaders on the "wrong" side of history, op
  3. I like how Elder Oaks acknowledges that there can be, and sometimes are, legitimate grievances, without giving up ground that cannot and should not be ceded, in order to to maintain peace, law, and order in a free society. Yes, there are mechanisms for addressing legitimate grievances (and perhaps there are legitimate, viable ways to improve mechanisms for addressing legitimate grievances), and no, rioting, arson, vandalism, looting, aggravated assault and battery, and murder cannot and should not be allowed, no matter how many legitimate grievances one who engages in one or more of such thin
  4. Yes. Police officers are trained to shoot anyone who poses an imminent threat of serious bodily injury or death to themselves or others, and they are trained to shoot as many times as necessary to neutralize the threat.
  5. Note: The following Op-Ed appeared on Page O-1 of the January 1, 2011 edition of The Salt Lake Tribune. Officers sometimes forced to shoot armed suspects By Ken K. Gourdin As the son of a career law enforcement officer who spent 43 years on the job, I have little patience for those who endlessly dissect and critique officers actions such as the fatal shooting at the LDS Church's Oquirrh Mountain Temple of an armed subject who refused to obey officers' commands. Among the objections in on line comments to The Salt Lake Tribune's recent news coverage of the shooting ar
  6. Well, I certainly appreciate your very kind invitation, but I'm reminded of the old saying about what @$$-u-me-ing does. No, thanks.
  7. Wait ... Smac97 made an ad that made national news? Wow! Lawyer by day, ad-man extraordinaire by night! You're a man of many talents! Good on ya, Dude! Sorry. Couldn't resist! Don't mind me! Carry on!
  8. Cool! Where did you go to law school? Have you clerked for anybody I would know? What are you doing these days? Are you a judge? Which president considered nominating you for SCOTUS?
  9. https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2018/02/07/5-facts-about-the-religious-lives-of-african-americans/ So, people don't join religions, rather, religions are self-existent, autonomous entities that assimilate people, akin to, say Star Trek's the Borg? OK. Well, perhaps you should take (at least) a second glance, then.
  10. Here in an effort to convert us to Snufferism then?
  11. I don't know if this has been posted or not yet (forgive me: I didn't want to wade back through 41 pages to find out! ). But it does give a good overview of the case and is relatively recent, so is likely to include much of the most recent information. If there is anything anyone thinks it misses, I'm sure those of you who set your alarms according to when the latest update on the case is available will let us know!
  12. I know I shouldn't give a tinker's dam, but the damn dam burst and flooded my farm.
  13. (Yes, I can understand completely how something like this might provoke such a reaction.)
  14. President Nelson, is that you? I had to do it!
  15. Thanks for not calling me out for being a total sexist! (You probably could have ...) For the record, I've never been distracted by anybody's manner of delivery. I can't even begin to imagine what it would be like to be called on to deliver a sermon in front of a live audience of 20,000-plus, not to mention a worldwide media audience of millions more. So, even if there were something I find problematic about a particular speaker's delivery, I would be inclined to give that speaker the benefit of a huge doubt.) But I like to focus much more on the message than on the messenger. Ab
  16. True, but one might get one's nose bent out of joint a tad! Sorry. Couldn't resist.
  17. As crap happens, as humans are inhumane to their fellow humans sometimes and just plain evil to their fellow humans at other times, as nature sometimes wreaks havoc, and as we're subject to other undesirable conditions in this world (such as disease and death), indeed, sometimes, Satan does prevail, or so it seems: As he seems so fond of reminding us so often, this (telestial) world is his world, after all: we just live in it. But I got tired of wondering how the story is going to turn out, so I peeked at the end: Don't worry; God wins. As one of the Beatles said (can't remember who), "It wi
  18. Watching the Kitties with your kitty in your jammies? Sounds delightful!
  19. What's up with that?! Sorry, Dude! P.S.: When I first read this, I thought, Does Amazon Alexa's "gospel voice" sound like General Conference Primary voice? (Sorry; Couldn't resist! )
  20. @Garden Girl Are you in love? Sorry! Couldn't resist!
  21. The Red Cougs were supposed to be the team that exposed the Blue Cougs for who they really are, after the Boys from Provo played alla them cupcakes on the schedule! I don't mind tellin' ya, I thought that was exactly what the Red Cougs were gonna do, there for awhile!!* Go, [(B)lue] Cougs! * P.S.: At least, that's what I thought the Red Cougs were gonna do ... until the Blue Cougs went on a 29-0 scoring run in the second half! Sorry, Dave Rose! (He's a University of Houston alum! )
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