Charlotte, The Run On Guns, And The Rule Of Law

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ObamaThere is little doubt Barack Obama is the gun salesman of the decade–perhaps the century–thus far. Many think this due to his anti-liberty, anti-gun philosophies, and his cynical attempts to push gun control measures after school attacks like that in Newtown, CT, and of course, following virtually every terror attack. While Mr. Obama refuses to identify such attacks as motivated and carried out by Islamist terrorists, he has never hesitated to paint law-abiding American gun owners as terrorists and criminals.

But it is not mere his anti-gun tendencies that have dramatically increased gun, ammunition and accessory sales. Even many progressives, while not yet abandoning their political faith, have become first-time gun owners, and found themselves associating with, and being advised and trained by, the God and gun clingers they previously reviled.

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Hillary Clinton: Everyone Has The Right To Immigrate To America!

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The United States of America is without peer in generosity, not only of pocketbook, but of spirit. No nation in history has been as altruistic, and as willing to sacrifice blood and treasure for the welfare of others. We give foreign aid–at last count just under $50 billion per year–to 96% of all nations in the world. The amount is likely considerably larger as the means for determining what, exactly, is “foreign aid” are remarkably flexible.

Part of this altruism has always been immigration. Compared to most nations, America’s immigration laws have been remarkably generous. Our immigration bureaucracy has been, at times, well, a bureaucracy with the worst connotations of that word, but the underlying spirit, authorized and supported by the American people, has remained intact.

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Charlotte: A Tale Of Two Black Lives

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Black Lives Matter. No American of good will doubts this. All lives matter. The civil rights movement was, thankfully, successful. Actual racists are rare, and justly, social pariahs. But there is a problem: to BLM/Social Justice cracktivists, only some black lives matter, and only when their untimely deaths can provide money, notoriety, or political power to the unscrupulous and anarchic.

The respective lives of Keith Scott, 43 and Brentley Vinson, 26, illustrate this sad state of affairs. Scott was the man shot and killed by Charlotte Police Officer Vinson. Both men are black, but lived very different lives, as The Charlotte Observer reports:

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Hillary Clinton And The Second Amendment: Avoiding The Necessity

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Progressives are, in many ways, predictable. They seek ultimate power, and understand the only way it can eventually be seized is through complete disarmament of law-abiding Americans. So gun control, in whatever way possible in the blowing political winds of the moment, is a never-ending priority.

To this end, the demonization and trivialization of their eternal enemies—Americans that embrace liberty and the Constitution—is essential. Gun owners, and non-gun owners that respect all of the Constitution, are consistently portrayed as potential terrorists, criminals, mentally unstable, and always, fearful and paranoid, a meme taken up by Politico: 

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School Attacks: Feeling Good Or Saving Lives, Part 5

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The first four articles in this series are:

(1) School Attacks: Feeling Good or Saving Lives, Part 1 

(2) School Attacks: Feeling Good or Saving Lives, Part 2 

(3) School Attacks: Feeling Good or Saving Lives, Part 3

(4) School Attacks: Feeling Good or Saving Lives, Part 4 

In this, the fifth, updated, installment of this series, I continue posing and answering pertinent questions relating to preventing and stopping school shooters.

Q: CAN’T WE SECURE SCHOOLS WITH METAL DETECTORS, HI-TECH LOCKS AND OTHER METHODS?

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Barack Obama: The Losing Narrative

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screen-shot-2016-09-19-at-11-27-31Isn’t this just precious? White House Spokestwerp Josh Earnest said, in response to the multiple terror attacks over the last few days, we’re just fighting a “war of narratives” against ISIS, and by implication, all other terrorists. Of course, neither Earnest nor President Obama embraced the dreaded “T” word. As usual, they couldn’t bring themselves to admit that the multiple stabbings, bombings, etc., had anything to do with terrorism, and as usual, they warned us about overreacting against Muslims.

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WoW! Magazine Forum For 09-19-16

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The Forum, Rome, Italy
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Every week on Monday, the WoW! community and our invited guests weigh in at the WoW! Forum, short takes on a major issue of the day, the culture, or daily living. This week’s question: Can America Unite Again?

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Stately McDaniel Manor:  One of the favorite tricks of defense lawyers is the “anything’s possible” ploy. They get a witness, often a police officer, to admit the wildest, most improbable happenstances are at least possible, and juries sometimes buy it, letting their guilty-as-sin clients walk. The truth is, everything/anything is not possible. Monkeys will never fly from my posterior. A billion dollars will never fall from the sky and land, intact, at my feet. I will never be 25 again, and I will never become a Hollywood starlet. But for the purposes of this forum, I’ll play defense attorney and stipulate it is possible America might once again be united.

Now let’s get real and consider why it’s more likely that’s impossible.

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The Trayvon Martin Case, Update 48: Once More Out Of The Twilight Zone

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Matthew Apperson
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Back in May of 2015, I wrote The Trayvon Martin Case, Update 45: George Zimmerman “Involved,”  which was the tale of an attempt on Zimmerman’s life, reported by much of the media as though Zimmerman were somehow “involved” in a shooting. He was indeed: as the victim, injured, fortunately, not by a bullet but by flying safety glass.

The attacker was a local man with mental health issues–one Matthew Apperson–well known to the police for bizarre behavior, such as urinating on the front porches of neighbors, something that always makes one popular around the ‘hood.  I’m generally not one to judge others on appearance, but you, gentle readers, may feel free.  Part of that article:

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Avid Readers: An Endangered Species–UPDATED

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I came across this article, written in May of 2016, today and thought it might, once again, be worth your time.  In this week’s forum, we’re discussing whether it is possible for America to be united again.  Unfortunately, much of the public school system is controlled by Progressives.  This means the little reading kids do these days studiously ignores classic authors.  Kids no longer learn about courage, self-sacrifice, the great men–and women–that made America and changed the world.  Too much of the little they read is socio-political indoctrination.  Even in schools like mine not progressive controlled, there is a serious problem.

And how little do they read?  When I began teaching many years ago, our classes were just under an hour in length.  Now, largely in deference to mandatory, high stakes testing, they’re down to 42 minutes.  This is so even for age levels that no longer have to take the tests, because it’s virtually impossible to run multiple schedules in the same building.  Reading works of any length and maintaining interest and intellectual continuity is difficult, at best.

And so the struggle goes on.  Let’s return to May.

I regularly despair about the state of my students. With relatively few exceptions–fewer seemingly each year–they are not readers. Oh, they can read. Some of them are able to read aloud quite well. But fewer and fewer of my students show the benefits of the avid reader.

What might those benefits be? Before I explain, consider this from Stephanie Cohen at acculturated.com: 

I recently spent time with a class of fourteen-year-olds, talking about words, specifically words strung together to form speech. I started out by asking them whether they thought words could make people act in a particular way. ‘Can words lead to action?’ I asked. There was some thinking and mulling over.

We spent several weeks discussing, reading, and studying many of the greatest (and infamous) words read aloud: the Gettysburg Address, Ronald Reagan’s ‘Tear Down This Wall’ speech in Germany, John F. Kennedy’s inaugural address, a host of Winston Churchill speeches from World War II, Eleanor Roosevelt and Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Pearl Harbor speeches, and some of the best contemporary commencement addresses given in the US in recent years. Many of these speeches were written in reaction to events, and most of them called on their respective audiences to do something (be calm, have fortitude, ensure victory, reach for success). Whether or not the words we read actually shaped (or changed) history can be debated, but the more important question is whether words can shape conscience, which affects not just one action but a lifetime of actions. This is something teachers have long relied on the power of literature to do.

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