For My Students: Ave Atque Vale

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The end of the school year is always a bittersweet time for teachers. It’s satisfying to bring to an end a year of hard work. That engenders a feeling of accomplishment, of completion. But it’s always sad, because very soon, our classes will meet for the final time. Each class with its unique personality, made of the unique personalities of each of you, will die, never to be reborn. In this there is no eternal life.

That understanding always leaves me with a sense of loss. Soon, I’ll rise in the morning and realize I can no longer look forward to seeing each of you every day. It’s like losing an old, trusted, beloved friend, more than a hundred times over.

Does this surprise you? You didn’t know I felt that way about you? I do, and so do most of your teachers.

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Who Are You? Who Who, Who Who?

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Regular reader/commenter 1706to1790, in response to Once Upon A Time, A Leader writes:

First and foremost: I like and truly respect Mike McDaniel. His is the only blog I regularly follow.

What exquisite taste he has, don’t you agree, gentle readers?

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Once Upon A Time, A Leader

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credit: AP/Scott Applewhite

credit: AP/Scott Applewhite

George W. Bush was hated by the American media with a pathology seldom seen outside 1800s insane asylums. When he was photographed in a flight suit onboard the USS Abraham Lincoln in May of 2003, where he delivered a speech announcing the end of major combat in Iraq, the media—and leftists (but I repeat myself)—went absolutely berserk with indignation and rage. How dare he proclaim “mission accomplished?” How dare he dress up like a jet pilot? It mattered not, of course, that the “mission accomplished” banner hanging on the island of the carrier was hung by the crew, who, having finished a cruise—accomplished their mission–were nearly home. it also mattered nothing that Mr. Bush actually was a jet pilot. He took the controls of the jet that flew him to the carrier and flew for some distance. The fact that he so looked the part in a flight suit only served to inflame the tender sensibilities of the left.

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The Gravest National Security Threat

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RAMclr-052115-success-IBD-COLOR-FINAL.jpg.cms_There are, in this fallen world, enemies that are immune to logic and reasoning. There is no diplomacy, no dialogue, no discussion that can encourage them to change their minds or their ways. Reality does not matter, because they are continuously creating their own reality on the way to creating a utopia. Oh, they’ll sometimes call for an “honest dialogue” with their opponents, but what they mean is “you accept our premise from the start and shut up while we tell you what you’re going to do.”

One vicious enemy of the United States, of liberty and republican democracy, is progressives, led–fecklessly and chaotically–by President Barack Obama. How can I say that? How can I accuse a substantial portion of the American public of being the enemies of America? Remember, if you will, Mr. Obama, then a candidate for president, calling America the greatest nation in the world one second, and the next, swearing to fundamentally transform it. And what President of the United States dedicated to the United States would do everything he could to ensure our most virulent enemy, an enemy that swears daily to destroy America and Israel, would get nuclear weapons.

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Movie Review: 2Fast 2Furious (2003)

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FF2Director: John Singleton

Writers: Michael Brandt, Derek Haas, Fary Scott Thompson (Story)

Michael Brandt, Derek Hass (Screenplay)

Brian O’Connor: Paul Walker

Roman Pearce: Tyrese Gibson

Monica Fuentes: Eva Mendes

Carter Verone: Cole Hauser

Tej: Ludacris

Suki: Devan Aoki

Agent Bilkins: Thom Barry

Agent Markham: James Remar

In my review of The Fast And the Furious (2001) I pointed out several highly implausible plot elements. In fact, the plot was so shot full of holes, it was hard to tell what was or was not implausible in that particular cinematic universe. 2 Fast 2 Furious follows in that grand tradition.

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The Freddie Gray Case, Update 6: Our Time Is Now

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In the Freddie Gray case, little of import will likely be known for some time. As I noted in past articles, Prosecutor Marilyn Mosby would be likely to bunker up, desperately trying to find evidence that could possibly support her hastily concocted and preposterous charges. Previous articles in this series are:

The Freddie Gray Case: Initial Impressions 

The Freddie Gray Case, Update 2 

The Freddie Gray Case, Update 3: Ludicrous Speed 

The Freddie Gray Case, Update 4, Belt Me

The Freddie Gray Case, Update 5: Probable Causeless 

And so she has. Mosby has, hilariously and pathetically, issued a press release claiming the moral high ground by refusing to discuss anything about the case, this after her previous media strategy of recklessly discussing any and everything about the case while sucking up to the social justice crowd of which she is obviously an enthusiastic member. Continue reading

The Pot Principal

Krista Morton

Krista Morton

There are stories that make one exclaim in dumbfounded wonder: “Good Lord! What could they have been thinking?!” This, courtesy of the Daily Mail, is such a story:

A Florida principal of a high school of last resort was found smoking marijuana in her car with her shirt unbuttoned alongside a male student, police say.

A “high school of last resort” is a last chance, usually self-paced school for kids that are severe discipline problems, and/or cannot fit into a normal high school environment, because–for instance–they’re far more interested in smoking pot than studying or having a–oh what’s that word?…oh yes–future.

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