At First, I thought this was a parody from the old days of The National Lampoon, or perhaps a contemporary send up from The Onion. Then I realized it was the genuine article. I don’t usually pick on the prima facie, to use a legal term, disadvantaged–it’s just too easy–but this time I couldn’t resist. You’ll see what I mean.
The backdrop of this article is the intense backlash against the supposed psychic trauma of law students caused by the grand jury no bill decisions in the Brown (Ferguson, MO) and Garner (Staten Island) cases. The author of this little missive is one William Desmond, a third year Harvard Law student, and an Editor of the vaunted Harvard Law Review. I’m sure readers recall that Barack
Obama was appointed President of the Law Review—the first Black so honored–earning such distinctions as never actually writing an article. Mr. Desmond certainly seems to be following in those hallowed, though nearly invisible footsteps, though he may have been better off following Obama’s example and the advice of a truly great lawyer, Abraham Lincoln, who said:
At The Truth About Guns, the good folks have been kind enough to publish my latest firearm-related missive titled: Americans Can Solve This Equation: Armed + Prepared = Smart. It’s a reflection on the latest Pew poll that reflects the changing political dynamic of the gun control debate solidly in favor of individual liberty.
However, those that want to control guns–and every facet of the lives of Americans–will never give up. If they can’t pass a given gun control measure now, they’ll merely store if in a safe place until they can trick people into buying it in the future through changed rhetoric or simple deception.
One can also never overstate the low opinion the self-imagined elite have of the intelligence and basic human dignity of Americans, particularly conservatives and gun owners. The crude and pathetic MIT professor Johnathan Gruber was merely the most recent and obvious example of that kind of under-a-rock-dwelling social parasite.
If you have a few minutes, you might find it worth your time.
My continuing trials with AT&T continue, but there have been some interesting, and reasonably hopeful developments. For those in the mood to review, the first two articles in this series, which are at least partially amusing in an ironic, sardonic way, are:
Consider them a sort of suburban Odyssey, but instead of whirlpools and a Cyclops, I’m battling hapless service representatives and antiquated equipment.
Following Part 2, I again wrote letters to three of AT&T’s top executives, explaining yet again what had been happening and asking them–someone, anyone–to call me. As in that article, I gave specific contact information and times when I could be reached, and lo and behold, I got a call from Kevin Smith, a technical guy representing the office of the President of AT&T.
My latest article in the Gun Ownership Primer series is up at Bearing Arms. If you haven’t bookmarked Bearing Arms yet, it should be a daily must read in the area of firearms, and not merely because I am published there from time to time, though I hope that might be the case.
This particular article deals with the physical mechanisms of stopping human beings with gunfire. It also deals with how to handle the aftermath of a shooting should the worst case scenario come to pass and you are forced to defend your life.
If you have a few minutes, you may find it enlightening, and as always, your comments–there and here–are very welcome. They are a large part of making this scruffy little blog what it is.
Wilson’s resignation was announced Saturday by one of his attorneys, Neil Bruntrager, who said his client’s decision was effective immediately.
‘I have been told that my continued employment may put the residents and police officers of the City of Ferguson at risk, which is a circumstance that I cannot allow,’ Wilson said in his resignation letter released late Saturday.
‘It was my hope to continue in police work, but the safety of other police officers and the community are of paramount importance to me. It is my hope that my resignation will allow the community to heal,’ the letter read.
The hostage situation in Sydney, Australia has come to a predictable end with two dead and others wounded. Oh yes, the terrorist animal responsible, who would like his name mentioned here, was also killed. Special operators around the world have an aphorism that comes down to this: it sucks to be a hostage. It sucks because hostages virtually always end up dead. The heroic, single-handed rescue of hostages without a single death is a staple of movies, but reality is virtually always all too different.
We don’t yet know enough for me to go into any depth on this situation, and a few of the points I’m going to make in this article might be mistaken, or at least made without the perspective available to the officers and commanders on the scene. If so, I’ll correct as necessary later. For today, a few observations, in no particular order:
There is little question that schools are responsible for teaching more than the “three Rs.” As a high school teacher, I strive to inculcate positive habits and behaviors in my students, things like organization, cheerfulness, politeness, industry, reliability, promptness, attention to detail, kindness and altruism, appreciation for literature, democracy and the accomplishments of ancestors, and above all, appreciation for America. It will surprise no one, I suspect, that in California, they focus on rather more earthy concerns. Fox News has the story:
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