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Why that rate drops to about 50 percent in July and August is unknown,Launched in April 2009 criticisms and concerns always pushed me forward," says part of the problem is that weddings are cumulative: "Once something gets added it rarely gets dropped" Thus whoever decided it was necessary to host a brunch the morning after a wedding doomed everyone else who would ever marry to follow suit (We should find that couple and send them the bill)Wallace says it was the late 19th century when "the idea of wedding as pageant came into being" With each ensuing generation new rituals were added The average engagement now lasts over a year so theres plenty of time to conjure up new events an announcement party perhaps or a series of themed wedding showers "Theres always a drive toward excess" Wallace saysLast year Washington area wedding planner Debbie Berkelhammers stepson got married to a woman whose own mother is also a wedding planner The conditions were just right for a perfect storm of nuptial extravagance Berkelhammer says there were two engagement parties four wedding showers separate bachelorette and bachelor parties a family rehearsal dinner and a meet-and-greet for all the guests it tends to ignore or bypass it when it sees key national security interests at stake ¨C?Here is a list of military coups against democratically elected governments." May 9 2013A reader tweeted us a question about this statement asking us to fact check it We are happy to oblige@Coburn said on morning Joe that murder and rapereduced 80% in national parks after guns were allowed can you check that Frank Frontignano (@frankiefronts) Coburn made his comment a day after he failed to convince the Senate to allow people to carry guns on lands managed by the Army Corps of Engineers During he simply asserted that since the prohibition on guns in national parks was lifted by the Obama administration in early 2010 "the amount of crime in our national parks has declined" But on television he attached an eye-popping figure 85 percent to the decline in violent crime Could this possibly be trueThe FactsIn 2009 Coburn pushed through the change in national parks by attaching an amendment to an unrelated bill on credit cards after a federal judge had blocked a change in the rules engineered by the Bush administration But the Obama administration did not fight hard against the measure and So just two years later crime is down 85 percent Not by a long shotJohn Hart communications director for Coburn readily conceded that the senator misspoke when he said there was a 85 percent decline in violent crime such as rapes murders robberies and assaults Hart said that comparing the crime rate for 2011 the most recent full-year data available with 2008 yields a "percentage decline [that] is closer to 12 percent"But even with that admission Coburn is jumping to conclusions here Can one really assess the impact based on one years worth of data Heres what the FBIs statistics show for these violent crimes in the five years before guns were permitted plus 2011:: 367: 387: 367: 307: 369: 323Five-year average before 2011: 359In other words 2011 is 10 percent lower than the five-year average But it is five percent higher than the best year (2009) over the past five years when guns were not permitted in national parks Thats not terribly impressive Were not even sure why Coburn would be looking at the 2008 figures since the more appropriate year would be 2009 the year before the guns were allowed once again in national parks Of course looking at 2009 would show the crime rate has gone up Hart also pointed to a big decline in a lesser category of "larceny-theft" though Coburn did not mention that But these sorts of crimes have declined every year in national parks since 2006 and the decline from 2010 to 2011 (68 percent) was half as much as two recent years when guns were banned "On balance the facts support our conclusion that crime rates would go down under our policy not the conclusion of the amendments critics who said that allowing guns in national parks would lead to more crime" Hart saidHart supplied us with made by foes of Coburns amendments and it is fair to say that so far the has not come to pass The Pinocchio TestWe always appreciate it when a politician admits error and we certainly understand that misstatements happen on live television We dont try to play gotcha at The Fact Checker So Coburn just narrowly avoids earning Four Pinocchios Coburn might have been on slightly safer ground if he had simply said crimes have declined since guns were permitted in national parks as he had done the day before on the Senate floor But hes still putting the cart before the horse With just one year of data available there is no evidence that crime had declined because guns have been permitted especially because the number of violent crimes in 2011 was actually higher than in pre-gun 2009Coburn could claim that so far the fears of his opponents have been proven wrong But he cant say hes right Three Pinocchios()Check out our candidate Follow The Fact Checker on and friend us on¡± The company argues consumers will benefit from lower phone costs and ¡°more choice and innovation. while much of the profit from the sale flows to Nokia. there could be trouble.