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Barack Obama, model for American youth credit; news busters.org

Barack Obama, model for American youth
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I learned to play the guitar in the late 60s, the days of marijuana, hippies, the Beatles, the Doors, the Rolling Stones, the birth of the counterculture. “Turn on, tune in, drop out,” said the LSD marinated Harvard Professor Timothy Leary, and many took his advice.

Particularly in rock musician’s circles, marijuana was common. Those that used it thought it made them soooo much more insightful and creative. In actuality it made them lazy, completely unreliable, and utterly destroyed their sense of meter and tempo. They couldn’t play in time to save their lives. I wasn’t impressed, nor were non-stoned audiences. For awhile, it become relatively difficult to find rock musicians that weren’t more interested in pot culture than music. It’s hard enough to perform music of any kind properly when you’re not trained, experienced, and utterly and completely focused on the music. when your brain is in a chemically induced fog that makes you clumsy, disoriented and stupid, well… Those weren’t exactly the good old days.

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Barack Obama: Messianic Murder

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obama-halo-getty-550x390In ignoring the constitution, Barack Obama has not only violated the law, he has usurped the powers of the Congress, spat on the rule of law, and torn the fabric of the body politic. But most importantly, he has caused harms that radiate outward like concentric rings in a pool of water. There is no way to tell who will be damaged, when or where, but damaged they will be.

By issuing a royal decree to ignore the immigration laws of the nation, Mr. Obama has prioritized the establishment of a permanent, voting Democrat majority of illegal aliens over national sovereignty, national security and the safety of Americans. Fox News has this story: 

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Murmurs of Kindness

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Cats-vs-DogsAmong the things I find most charming and comfortable about living in Texas is the soft undercurrent of faith. Virtually every day, in passing, I hear people—strangers, friends and coworkers–say: “I was praying about that,” or “I’ll pray for you,” and I smile. Consider what that means, particularly the latter. It’s a promise to think about others, to take time from one’s day to implore God to help one’s fellow man, to bestow the peace that passeth all understanding.

When I had a small stroke more than two years ago I certainly prayed. I prayed that my condition would not worsen. I prayed that I would rapidly and completely recover; I prayed I would not let my students down; I prayed that I might be a better husband for Mrs. Manor, and my prayers were answered. Well, OK, you got me; I’m still working on the last one. I remind myself of that obligation every day.

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Pajama Professionals

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During the Rathergate affair, a CBS Suit, Jonathan Klein, sniffed: “You couldn’t have a starker contrast between the multiple layers of check and balances (of professional journalists) and a guy sitting in his living room in his pajamas writing.”

Yeah. Well. That didn’t work out so well for the professional journalists at CBS.

Note this professional and professionally unfortunate juxtaposition of headlines:

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Heh, heh.

Negligent Discharges I Have Known

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DEA BangOne of most venerable aphorisms among those that carry guns on a daily basis is “there are two types of shooters: those that have had a negligent discharge (ND), and those that will admit having a ND. This raises the question of whether NDs are inevitable.

Because we’re only human and our attention sometimes wanders, is everyone that owns, and particularly handles, firearms on a daily basis, doomed to one day have an ND? And if so, how can any potential damage be minimized?

The good folks at The Truth About Guns have published my weekly column titled Are Negligent Discharges Inevitable? If you have a few minutes, it may be worth your while.

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Of Stalking and Responsibility

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From time to time I run across stories whose ultimate conclusion should be “the criminal, shot by the innocent victim, died at the scene.” Such a recent story involved the actress, Sandra Bullock, as Fox News explains: 

A man clutching a love letter when he was arrested in Sandra Bullock’s home as the actress cowered in a closet and called police for help was ordered Thursday to stand trial on stalking and weapons charges.

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Kindergarten Corruption

photo credit: she knows.com

photo credit: she knows.com

A substantial element of any teacher’s rationale for being worthy of the public trust is that they, due to their education and experience, their humanity and their common sense, know what is and is not appropriate for their students—of any age. When teachers prove that the public’s trust is misplaced, they lose the argument against privatizing education, to say nothing of any claim to professional integrity.

As education, at the mandate of legislatures and the federal government becomes more and more a money making windfall for Pearson and other multi-national educational corporations, through the vehicle of mandatory, high-stakes testing, teachers have less and less time to teach their curriculums. They find themselves having to decide what parts of an absolutely basic and necessary curriculum must be entirely abandoned, and which parts might be altered and compressed so kids can at least have some exposure to materials which, before the age of testing, were considered absolutely essential to a basic K-12 educational opportunity.

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