It’s Jazzy!

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Just when you think you’ve seen it all, something like this comes along. Last week at the Nation Union of Student’s women’s conference, in England–it’s a feminist affair, you know, pip pip!–apparently things were getting a bit out of control, so:

Screen Shot 2015-03-27 at 8.51.47 PMApplause. Applause was triggering anxiety. Really, what’s left? Walking? Breathing? Looking vaguely in someone’s general direction?  Mere existence? How do such pale flowers manage to get out of bed in the morning, or are they generally trapped there by the cruel, heteronormative, patriarchal oppression of the man-made sheets?

Sheesh!

My God…

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My God, gentle readers, in electing Barack Obama, in taking a vacation from history and responsibility, what have we done? From Arutz Sheva: 

In a development that has largely been missed by mainstream media, the Pentagon early last month quietly declassified a Department of Defense top-secret document detailing Israel’s nuclear program, a highly covert topic that Israel has never formally announced to avoid a regional nuclear arms race, and which the US until now has respected by remaining silent.

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Bowe Bergdahl: How Far Have We Fallen?

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In the case of Bowe Bergdahl, I’ve written a number of articles. Foremost among them:

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl: Why This, Why Now?

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl: Why This, Why Now? Answers

Social Reintegration For Dummies

Everything Barack Obama says, or his minions say for him, has an expiration date. Return with me now to those thrilling days of yesteryear, June of 2014: 

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Well, Is He A Jew?

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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg

Let’s review: Russia is poised to invade and conquer its neighbors, plunging the world into another cold—potentially hot—war. The Middle East is in chaos, and Barack Obama, The One, is ignoring, insulting and/or threatening our allies and all but providing flowers, candy, prostitutes and massages for our enemies. Oh yes, and the viability of NATO hangs by a thread. So what does Mr. Obama do when the new Secretary General of NATO comes to Washington?  

President Barack Obama has yet to meet with the new head of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, and won’t see Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg this week, even though he is in Washington for three days.  Stoltenberg’s office requested a meeting with Obama well in advance of the visit, but never heard anything from the White House, two sources close to the NATO chief told me.

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Connecticut: The Storm Fizzles, Part III

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The first article of this series, “Connecticut: The Storm Fizzles, Part I,” was posted two weeks ago. The second part, Connecticut: The Storm Fizzles, Part 2was posted last week. The Sandy Hook Advisory Commission’s report that is the basis for these articles is available here. This final article of the series discusses the final portion of the mental health section of the Commission’s report, wherein we learn that mentally ill people aren’t violent, but put a gun anywhere near a sane person, and “gun violence” is going to ensue. And as we learned in the last article, mental health professionals not only can’t predict who is going to do violence, they can’t be blamed for not being able to do that.

A substantial portion of the mental heath section is devoted to the idea that stigmatizing mental health issues must be eradicated because it causes virtually every problem imaginable, and many not. Consider this bit of neophyte psychoanalysis:

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Teach Your Children Well

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Kids. I work with hundreds every day, and I talk with them about their concerns and problems, about what worries them, and about their reality, which is, for the most part, astonishingly narrow and revolved around their school, family, friends, their daily lives. Most know very little about the great big world out there. In a way, that’s a good thing. They need a time in their lives when they’re protected, when they can learn and grow and not have to worry about mere survival. But eventually, they’ll be adults, and they’ll have to take on all of our burdens and cares.

Among those burdens is understanding and loving liberty. In “If You Care About Gun Rights, Teach Your Children Well,” at The Truth About Guns, I explain the hows and whys of educating kids to appreciate the Second Amendment and its unique place in preserving liberty.

If you have a few minutes, it may be worth your time

Luxury and Liberty

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Over at Bearing Arms, my friend and colleague, Bob Owens, has been kind enough to print an article I recently wrote, titled “The Luxury of Self Defense.”  It’s an article about how we, fortunate to live in a first-word republic, take certain things for grated. We can afford to do that because we’re not struggling for mere survival on a daily basis. When we have the leisure to argue about philosophy and to try to establish utopias, we tend to lose track of what’s really important, such at the right to self-defense.

I even try to define masculinity and femininity, doomed to failure as any such attempt might be. If you have a few minutes, you might find it worth your time.

Return To Grading Students, Not Buildings

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For the last six weeks, I have relentlessly drilled my tenth grade students on one topic. But that’s not all. We have also, at the demand of my school district, wiped out at least another week doing testing in the same pursuit, and since the beginning of the year, I’d estimate I’ve spent at least two more weeks, here and there, a Monday here, a Thursday there, doing the same thing. I have seven more days of preparation remaining. And what, gentle readers, you ask, have I spend some 28% of my available school year doing?

Why, preparing kids for the single most important reason schools exist these days: the generation of data. I’m preparing them to try to pass the high stakes, mandatory English test, the STAAR (State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness) test. If they don’t pass the test, they don’t graduate from high school. Every academic achievement of 12 years of schooling matters not. But if they did well in school, they should be able to pass the test! Not quite. The STAAR tests–there are five in various subjects–are not about education. They’re about political power and money.

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