The Michael Brown Case, Update 14: Monument To A Lie

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Why do we build monuments? What purpose do they serve?

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Consider the Lincoln Memorial. In its dignity and power, it reminds us of the worth of the man, the right man for the right time. It shows us what we might accomplish, to what we must aspire, and for what we have to be grateful—that such a man lived and perhaps, when we need them most, such men will rise once again to the occasion. Above all, it reminds us of what it is to be an American, of the legacy of the rule of law, mercy, altruism and acceptance of responsibility, the responsibility to preserve liberty for future generations.

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Our Disarmed Military

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When I served in the USAF as a security policeman in the early 70s, I was one of the few. Not only did we wear berets, we were among the very few that ever carried firearms while on duty, and among the very few that were required to regularly train and qualify with those arms. What we did not do, what no one did, with the exception of Office of Special Investigations agents, was carry concealed weapons. Every day, I collected my handgun and ammunition from an armory before I went on duty. At the end of my day, I turned them back in.

Virtually nothing has changed since then, and it surprises most Americans to learn that our military installations and bases are, for the most part, as much victim disarmament zones as schools. That’s why the Ft. Hood shooter was able to wound and kill so many (that and rampant, deranged political correctness). Our soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines are, particularly in the continental US, walking, uniformed targets for terrorists, and terrorists know and count on that. Terrorists are now directly threatening the families of service members as well as service members.

My latest article at The Truth About GunsDisarming the Military–explores this issue. If you have a few minutes, particularly if a friend or relative is serving, it might be worth your time.

Watchin’ TV In A Burning House

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With Barack Obama, it’s scandal overload, 24, 7, 365. We’re watching our own demise on TV in a house he has set on fire.  Mr. Obama is desperate in his determination to establish a lasting legacy. He need not worry.  He’ll have a legacy to rival the worst despots in history.

Can you remember, gentle readers, when we had presidents who had the occasional scandal, and those scandals were months, even years apart? In those days, a scandal was actually scandalous.  Now it’s scandal piled on top of scandal, day after day, so many people can’t keep up with them all, and Mr. Obama and his worshipers and spokesliars stand atop the growing pile shouting “look! A squirrel,” and “Ramadi is no big deal.”  We hear about the newest scandal–or most of us don’t–and we shrug our shoulders, mutter, “so what else is new?” and go about the daily business of survival in the age of Obama.

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“I’m An Old Ex-Marine And I Try To Do The Right Thing.”

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Occasionally, I come across a story, usually quite by accident, that renews my faith in humanity. From ABC News (which virtually never renews my faith in humanity):

It didn’t take long for Emil Knodell, of Bellville, Texas, to buy a chest for $100 that he soon discovered had a hidden drawer of treasure.

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Barack Obama: SMM Translation Services

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In “The World Finally Catches On,” I chronicled the fact that most Persian Gulf rulers chose not to attend Mr. Obama’s Camp David photo op and hectoring session, sending various functionaries instead.  In my continuing public service series, I present this installment of President Obama’s latest debacle: his meeting with almost none of the leaders of the [Persian] Gulf Cooperation Council at Camp David. As always, I’ll provide a translation, from Obamese into English, for those not familiar with such obscure and purposely deceptive language.

Consider this statement that Mr. Obama apparently intended to reassure our Gulf allies: 

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Movie Review: The Fast And The Furious (2001)

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Screen Shot 2015-05-15 at 9.53.10 PMDirector: Rob Cohen

Writers:

Ken Li: magazine article “Racer X”

Gary Scott Thompson: screen story 

Gary Scott Thompson}

Erik Bergquist}             screenplay

David Ayer}

Brian O’Connor: Paul Walker

Vin Diesel: Dominic Toretto

Michele Rodriguez: Letty

Jordana Brewster: Mia Toretto

Chad Lindberg: Jessie

Johnnie Strong: Leon

Matt Schulze: Vince

Rick Yune: Johnny Tran

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The Freddie Gray Case, Update 5: Probable Causeless

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OH COME ON; YOU’RE MAKING THAT UP; NO RATIONAL, ETHICAL PROSECUTOR WOULD DO THAT:

That’s right; no rational, ethical prosecutor would.  Then there is Marilyn Mosby. Baltimore City Prosecutor Marilyn Mosby has caught well-deserved criticism for publically mouthing off about hearing protestors across America and “getting justice for Freddie Gray.” At a recent appearance of Prince–the artist formerly known as some bizarre cross between a radiation danger symbol and a biohazard symbol–in Baltimore, he played his song “Baltimore,” which features the line. “If there aren’t no justice then there ain’t no peace.” This would have been fine, if silly (and ungrammatical), but he invited Mosby onstage, and she apparently, with her husband, sat for a time and waved at the crowd. Hey, why shouldn’t prosecutors in highly racially charged cases that haven’t even gone to preliminary hearing yet be denied the right—I think it’s the 89th Amendment or something—to get onstage with rockers, shill for social justice principles and boost their own political fortunes? You a racist or something? Continue reading

The Trayvon Martin Case, Update 45: George Zimmerman “Involved”

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As regular readers know, I have been concerned that someone would try to gain what such lunatics would surely see as eternal notoriety by killing George Zimmerman. Many have threatened, but one has now made an attempt: 

George Zimmerman was involved in a shooting Monday [05-11-15] in Lake Mary, Florida.

Notice the choice of words: “Zimmerman was involved.” JFK, Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan were also “involved” in shootings. No, I am not comparing George Zimmerman to those three historic figures, merely making the point that media sources–in this case Fox News–reflexively treat Zimmerman as a criminal, even failing to identify him as a victim when he clearly is a victim of a crime. It is as ridiculous to use “involved” in this case as it would have been with JFK, Lincoln or Reagan. It’s difficult for the media to give up a good, if utterly false, narrative, and even a generally reliable network like Fox is not immune from the social justice virus. Continue reading

“Civil Rights Leaders” and Third Grade: More’s The Pity

Ex-teacher Marilyn Zuniga

Ex-teacher Marilyn Zuniga

From time to time I come across teachers who make an honest mistake. Doing their best, they cross ethical boundaries. In such circumstances, teachers normally do not deserve to be fired. In most cases, all that is necessary is for their principal to say “You really can’t do that sort of thing and here’s why,” and the issue is resolved for all time. Then there is the case (from mid-April of this year) of New Jersey 3rd grade teacher Marilyn Zuniga: 

A suspended New Jersey teacher put the fate of her job into the hands of the district’s school board after charging third-graders to write to a convicted cop killer.

Marylin Zuniga made her first public remarks since a controversial project to contact former Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal booted her out of the classroom at Forest Street Elementary School.

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