Barack Obama: Bewildered Bystander, Execrable Executive

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xEbola.jpg,qresize=480,P2C480.pagespeed.ic.hjxgmMlWvXThe indispensable Charles Krauthammer has a new article up at the Washington Post titled “Barack Obama: Bewildered Bystander.”

As one might expect, Krauthammer takes Mr. Obama to task for claiming to know virtually nothing of what is happening in the government, the government it is his sole job to manage. Krauthammer also takes notice of Mr. Obama’s ever-increasing rhetorical anger at the incompetence and criminality in the various governmental bureaus over which he presides, yet knows not. Examples:

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To Terrorist Or Not To Terrorist…

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hatchet1-620x445This one falls into the “you don’t say” category: 

The NYPD is reportedly investigating whether Islamic extremism played a role in Thursday’s hatchet attack on city cops.

Officers shot and killed a man identified as Zale Thompson, 32, of Queens, who fractured the skull of Officer Kenneth Healey, 25, at about 2 p.m. in the Jamaica section of Queens. Videotape and witness accounts apparently showed Thompson intentionally targeting four rookie officers. Thompson was seen minutes before the attack pulling a hatchet from his backpack and then began attacking the officers, slicing a second cop on the arm before he was fatally shot, the New York Post reports.

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Thoughts On Evil, Updated

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images-1At Bearing Arms, Editor Bob Owens, my friend and colleague, has been kind enough to publish the second in a new series: “A Gun Ownership Primer, Part 2: Does Evil Exist?”  The series is a continuation of a series I’ve done in the past, but updated and rethought a bit in light of changes in the world. Even so, as the photo above suggests, there are some things we shouldn’t think of changing.

If you have a few minutes, you might find it enlightening, and a not uncongenial use of your time.

Do Unto Your Enemies

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Screen Shot 2014-10-27 at 4.54.20 PMGeneral George Patton was an American original. We can safely say that we will not see his like again. Accordingly, I was pleased to be able to work one of my favorite Patton aphorisms into an article about last week’s school shooting in Marysville, Washington. The good folks at The Truth About Guns have been kind enough to publish it. 

It’s a somewhat different take on the prevention and response to school shootings than I’ve previously done. If you have a few minutes, you might find it worth your time.

The Michael Brown Case, Update 5: Facts and Farce

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53ee25efe02b4.preview-620Karl Marx wrote: 

History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce.

So it has been in the Michael Brown case. Comparisons of the Brown case to the Trayvon Martin case are now inescapable, and the most accurate and potentially, likely comparisons are trending toward farce. It now seems unlikely that the grand jury will indict Officer Darren Wilson. The political pressure for them to indict Wilson, regardless of the facts and law, is great indeed, as is the threat of violence to grand jurors and to their communities by mobs of opportunistic criminals and anarchists if “social justice,” as they see it, is not done.

If, as in the Martin case, no charges are filed by competent authority taking into account the law and the facts, will Missouri’s governor, like the then Florida Governor, appoint a special prosecutor to conduct an extra-legal prosecution? If so, there is little reason to imagine this would promptly ease tensions and violence any more than it did in the Martin case.

Here is a roundup of recent events. Facts first, analysis second, farce always.

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National No Bra Day!

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I’m not one for all of the special “days,” “weeks” and “months,” cropping up these days. I find occasions dedicated to “raising awareness” annoying. I refer to such things as “Left-Handed Mongolian Pipe-Fitter’s Week,” Infected Hangnail Appreciation Month,” “The National Day Of Raising Awareness of Itchy Mosquito Bites,” and “International Talk Like A Pirate Day.”  Whoops! I take back the last one. ITLAP Day really is an important occasion.

That said, I recently came across a weighty awareness day, a day of liberation, of relief of suspense, of bouncy, prominent optimism, a day I could really support–and I missed it! 

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Makers or Takers? Updated

 Two years ago I posted an article titled “Makers or Takers” about where education should lead us. Do we intend everyone to go to college, or is there still, in this supposedly technologically driven world, need for people that work with their bodies and hands? I’ve thought much about this topic in the last two years, so I’ve updated that original article.

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This is a photograph of a portion of my classroom, which I’ve included for a purpose.  Notice the bookshelves and the cabinet upon which my television rests?  I built them all.  I don’t mention them to pat myself on the back, but to show my students what’s possible, that there is a bigger world out there, a wonderful world of accomplishment and tactile pleasure.  We don’t study our native tongue merely for the intellectual pleasure it provides. Teachers will understand.

School districts might provide each teacher a single small bookshelf, possibly even a rolling, skeletal TV stand, but enough bookshelves to essentially surround a classroom, made of real wood and built to last rather than cheap, vinyl veneered particle board?  Preposterous!

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