Hillary Clinton: A Common, Middle Class American Story

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Hillarys-Olymics-copyYes, Gentle Readers, Hillary Clinton is just like us. She feels our pain. She knows our troubles, and walks a mile in our moccasins. She has the common touch and, by her own lights, is a Horatio Alger, rags to riches story. Who could not fail to be touched by this common, middle class American story: 

Hillary Clinton is very important, and she can’t be bogged down by pesky things such as boats or waiting.

The presidential candidate, who is endlessly trying to tell factory workers in Ohio and Pennsylvania that she’s one of them, jetted approximately 20 miles from Martha’s Vineyard — where she was last night partying with President Obama — to Nantucket for a fundraiser on Saturday.

Fox News aired footage of her stepping off her plane in the latter.

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School Attacks: Feeling Good Or Saving Lives? Part 1

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The demolition of Sandy Hook Elementary School

The demolition of Sandy Hook Elementary School

This article, which first ran on March 07, 2012, and was updated in October of 2015, is the first in a series illuminating the rationale for concealed carry of handguns by school staff.  The murder of 20 elementary school children and seven adults in Newtown, Connecticut on December 14, 2012 renewed the usual calls for completely ineffective, feel-good measures–particularly gun control–that only inflame passions and contribute nothing to saving lives. President Obama’s emotional push for stereotypically progressive “common sense gun safety” legislation, such as requiring federal government approval of sales between relatives and friends, spectacularly failed as Congress clearly heard the American people who know better than to fall for hysterical measures that accomplish nothing.

Mr. Obama, however, has not learned. On Friday, October 1, 2015, a lone shooter killed eight students and one teacher, ranging in age from 18 to 67 at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. The shooter, who would want his name and photo displayed here, killed himself before he could be engaged by the police. Mr. Obama immediately spoke, admitting that he knew nothing about the incident, but demanding unspecified “common sense gun safety” legislation, and praised himself for politicizing the attack. I addressed the issue here. 

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Wow Magazine Forum For 08-22-16

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The Forum, Rome, Italy credit: wikipedia.en

The Forum, Rome, Italy
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Every week on Monday morning, the folks at WoW! Magazine and our invited guests weigh in at Our weekly Forum, short takes on a major issue of the day, the culture, or daily living. This week’s question: Would You Change NATO Or Leave It As Is?

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Stately McDaniel Manor: In this, at least, Donald Trump is right. As a military alliance, NATO retains potential utility, but it has fallen into disrepair and disrepute. A large part of the latter is the fault of Barack Obama, but every president since the fall of the Soviet Union bears responsibility for the former.

Any military threat is viable only if that force has sufficient numbers, capability, and demonstrated skill. What’s left of NATO is lacking in every category, and this is largely due to our ally’s failure to live up to their financial obligations. This is what Trump was talking about. Virtually all of our allies have failed to maintain their militaries at a level necessary to maintain a credible deterrent.

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White Fragility: Oh, Shut Up!

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White people full of implicit bias, racism and white fragility. credit: vintage.e

White people full of implicit bias, racism and white fragility.
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“Nothing so needs reforming as other people’s habits.”

Mark Twain

Good parents inevitably run into a common childhood tactic: diversion/distraction. Little Johnny burns down the storage shed, and when confronted with his arson says: “my little sister said a bad word.” Hillary Clinton is caught exposing innumerable national security secrets to our worst enemies and blames Colin Powell who once suggested using private e-mail for non-secret communications—not the Powell remembers ever saying that.

As all intellectually and morally superior people know, whiteness is a blight upon the Earth. Fortunately, at least in Seattle, something is being done about it: 

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Louisiana Flooding: Projection

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Bill Clinton feeling his own pain. credit: page6.com

Bill Clinton feeling his own pain.
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I am not among the throng who think a President’s job to be Comforter-In-Chief. Bill Clinton might be blamed for this idiotic idea when he came up with the idea of traipsing around the nation whenever anything bad happened, to be photographed hugging a widow, child, etc., and muttering “I feel your pain.” Of course, such displays were all about Clinton, not the people whose pain he supposedly felt, often accompanied with a meaningful bite of his lower lip, and when he was particularly wound up, a staged tear or two. A flood or tornado are not occasions for a presidential photo op, which does nothing more than aggrandize the president. Any local that thinks “the president cares about me!”–particularly our current president–is deluded. Any federal help a state needs is not expedited by a lachrymose presidential jaunt.

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The VA: Government Has No Conscience

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Screen Shot 2016-08-19 at 7.34.15 PMAt the last Police agency where I worked, a new evidence/crime lab building was built. I was delighted to find, on my first tour of the completed building, that small plastic signs with the number of each room, including the number in Braille, were attached to the top of each doorframe. No doubt, that was very helpful for the very tall, blind police officers working there.

Obviously, there were no blind police officers, and the signs were required by the local building code for all new public buildings. We hadn’t quite gotten into ensuring really tall, blind, transgender officers could use female restrooms yet. Such things, more than 15 years ago, were mildly funny. This, from Fox News, is not:

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The Truth About WOW!

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Screen Shot 2016-02-12 at 6.50.54 PMAs regular readers know, since February, I’ve been participating in a writer’s cooperative known as the Watcher’s Council. That’s short, by the way, for “Watchers Of Weasels,” which is what the members of the Council do–watch for weasels and report on their depredations so you won’t have to.

Each week, the members of the Council submitted an article, and all of the members voted on their favorite of the week. It was an interesting concept, and I enjoyed participating, as some of the finest writers on the blogosphere were involved. As with all Internet writing, it was gratifying and frustrating. Articles on which I lavished considerable time and thought laid there, flat on the screen like a drowning Flounder, while article I dashed off without breaking a sweat would be lauded by one and all. There’s often no way to tell, and I’m certainly my own worst critic, particularly when it comes to dishing out praise. Continue reading

The Slyville Smith Case: It Doesn’t Matter

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Slyville Smith in his natural habitat. credit: nydailynews

Slyville Smith in his natural habitat.
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Circa August 18, 2016, with the Milwaukee case leading the news, it is instructive to review the pantheon of Black Lives Matter, holy social justice martyrs, all of which are wholly-owned subsidiaries of the Democrat Party.

Trayvon Martin: The Trayvon Martin of the Social Justice narrative was a slight, smiling tea-drinking, Skittles-carrying adolescent, a potential Rhodes Scholar, whose only desire in the world was to reach home with food for his little brother. The real Trayvon Martin was a wannabe thug, street fighter and burglar, who smoked pot, brandished a gun and sported false gold teeth on social media. When he ambushed and brutally beat George Zimmerman, he was under the influence of pot and was carrying two of the three ingredients for a drug concoction known as “lean,” which he also boasted of using. Zimmerman was turned into a “white-Hispanic,” and was said to be a cop wannabe. The real Zimmerman identified as Hispanic and while involved in Neighborhood Watch, actually turned down appointment as a citizen on patrol, which would have given him a marked official vehicle and a uniform. At trial, the prosecution actually proved self-defense and Zimmerman was acquitted.

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Up From Progressivism

credit: bard.edu

credit: bard.edu

My undergraduate college experience was atypical, at least compared with college these days. But then again, I was atypical. Early 30s, an experienced police officer, but above all, I was highly motivated, if for no reason other than I was paying the bills, and I didn’t have much money and even less time. So I took every summer and extra course I could, including substantial overloads every semester–22 hours, and finished in 2.5 years.

There were, of course, some silly feminist professors about, and most of the professoriate were progressives of one stripe or another, but I was there to learn and achieve, to earn the credentials necessary for a specific career, not to argue politics or take any kind of “studies” courses, and most were willing to accept me on that basis, so I breezed through without succumbing to any sort of indoctrination, though I was, due to age and experience, pretty much immune to that sort of thing.

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