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  • We Could Not Have a General Patton Today

    12/20/2014 8:30:06 AM PST · by Davy Buck · 14 replies
    Old Virginia Blog ^ | 12/20/2014 | Richard G. Williams, Jr.
    "Patton's familial ties to Confederate veterans is quite fascinating (Chapter One is titled, "Ghosts of the Confederacy") and had a significant impact on his view of history, as well as his role it it. (An extremely important and influential factor, despite what some think.) Patton's great-grandmother once wrote, "I am crying because I have only seven sons left to fight the Yankees."
  • OH: School Lockdown for Picture of Gun, Text

    12/20/2014 5:45:45 AM PST · by marktwain · 35 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 20 December, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    The latest apparent overreaction about guns and schools appears to be in Ohio, in Stark County, at the Marlington High School in Alliance.   A high school student texted a middle school student.  Attached to the message was a picture of a gun.  The middle school student showed the picture to their teacher, the teacher contacted the police, and the High School was put on lockdown.   From wkyc.com: Officers and deputies located the suspect while maintaining a safety perimeter around the school. Corleaunce S. Hicks 16 , of Alliance, was charged with inducing panic, a third-degree felony.  There is...
  • U Michigan Is A Bastion Of Free Speech, But Only For Liberals

    12/19/2014 5:09:13 AM PST · by lifeofgrace · 13 replies
    Charting Course ^ | 12/18/2014 | Steve Berman
    The University of Michigan is a bastion of free speech, according to its own public affairs department. Freedom of expression is a core value of @UMich. Statement regarding column by Professor Susan Douglas http://t.co/tSouGSRaKI— UM Public Affairs (@UMPublicAffairs) December 18, 2014 But only if you’re a liberal.  One professor is allowed to publish a hate piece about Republicans, but a conservative student is fired for his own article. UMich professor Susan Douglas, chair-liberal of the communications department, wrote a hit piece entitled “It’s okay to hate Republicans”. "I hate Republicans," she wrote to begin her column. "I can't stand the thought of...
  • U-M releases statement after professor pens 'I hate Republicans' article

    12/18/2014 3:26:16 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 85 replies
    The Ann Arbor News ^ | December 18, 2014 | Jeremy Allen, Univ. of Michigan Reporter
    U-M professor Susan Douglas Susan Douglas is a University of Michigan professor and department chair who is not shy about expressing her viewpoints - political or otherwise. Earlier this week Douglas penned a column for the independent nonprofit magazine In These Times titled "It's okay to hate Republicans." "I hate Republicans," she wrote to begin her column. "I can't stand the thought of having to spend the next two years watching Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, Ted Cruz, Darrell Issa or any of the legions of other blowhards denying climate change, thwarting immigration reform or championing fetal 'personhood.'" University of Michigan...
  • Minneapolis Principals Not Allowed to Suspend Black Students, Only White Ones

    The Minneapolis, Minnesota, school system has a big problem. According to Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson and the Justice Department, the vast majority of its 2,300 teachers are racists. To solve this problem, Johnson says the district must implement racism against white and Asian students. It is part of President Barack Obama and the Justice DepartmentÂ’s new protocols to combat racism. But does it really make sense to try to solve a perceived racism problem in teachers by institutionalizing racism against innocent students? Does using racism to solve any kind of problem make sense? HereÂ’s what is happening: Black students in Minneapolis...
  • Projections Show Schools Get More Even With Road Funding Shift

    12/17/2014 9:03:46 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/16/2014 | Jack Spencer
    State funding for public schools is projected to increase by $2.5 billion over the next eight years, even if a House GOP plan is adopted that would shift some sales tax revenue from schools to roads, according to a Mackinac Center for Public Policy analysis. James Hohman, assistant director of fiscal policy for the Mackinac Center, projects that under the House-passed road plan, school funding will still increase from $11.5 billion in 2014 to $14.0 billion in 2023. Without the House plan, the School Aid Fund would increase to $14.9 billion by 2023. The projections are based on an estimate...
  • Protest Planned in Yuma Arizona for 3 January

    12/17/2014 8:06:25 AM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Marktwain, cb-1 | 17 December, 2014 | Marktwain
    I and cb-1 are working on a protest against Obama's lawless actions on 3 January, 2015. It will be held at the fairgrounds in Yuma. There will also be a gun show that day, starting at 0900. Any freepers in the area who are interested, please contact one of us.
  • University Gives President a $330K Raise She Doesn’t Want

    12/17/2014 5:39:45 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 26 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/17/2014 | Jarrett Skorup
    Michigan State University trustees approved a salary increase from $520,000 to $750,000 for President Lou Anna Simon. The 44 percent base income raise, which also includes an annual $100,000 "retention bonus," came over her objections. “This is not what I requested,” Simon said, according to MLive. “Trustee (Joel) Ferguson and other members of the board were very clear that they were my bosses in this regard and this is something that would be done at their request.” ForTheRecord says: Trustees praised Simon for her “leadership and dedication” and said she “continues to excel on the board-established performance criteria (of her...
  • No Exam Delay for Oberlin Students 'Traumatized' By Grand Jury Decisions (Hilarious)

    12/17/2014 5:19:45 AM PST · by servo1969 · 28 replies
    reason.com ^ | 12-16-2014 | Elizabeth Nolan Brown
    Last week, Robby wrote here about how "students are so coddled by the feelings-protection regime at university campuses that they now believe disheartening national news developments—such as the grand jury decisions in the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases—entitle them to final exam extensions." Columbia Law School delayed final exams for students who felt unable to take them in the wake these developments. Students at Harvard and Georgetown began demanding their universities follow suit.One might think that Oberlin College, known for it's ultra-crunchy reputation, would be all about this. At least one professor at Oberlin, however, is having none of...
  • Law Student Digs The Hole Deeper

    12/17/2014 5:06:21 AM PST · by servo1969 · 24 replies
    powerlineblog.com ^ | 12-15-2014 | JOHN HINDERAKER
    When students at Columbia and other law schools around the country demanded that exams be postponed because they were traumatized by the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases, we and many others responded with ridicule. In today’s National Law Journal, a third-year law student at Harvard named William Desmond says that we got it all wrong: the request for extra time for exams was a sign of the students’ strength. For entertainment value, you should read the whole thing, but here are some excerpts: [O]pponents of exam extensions have declared that to grant these requests would be a disservice to...
  • Giant blow to Millennial college student entitlement dealt by…Oberlin professor?

    12/16/2014 8:25:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 16, 2014 | Mary Katharine Ham
    It is hard for me to put into words how pathetically silly I find the requests of college and post-grad students to postpone exams because of the “trauma” they experienced due to Grand Jury decisions in the national news. It is even harder to express how pathetic and silly it is that college and law school officials are bending to the requests of these “traumatized” students. Look, if a family member dies during exam week or you’re literally unable to move from your bed because of the influenza (and even that excuse is a little overdone, so it should be...
  • School Budgets Safe Under ‘No New Taxes’ House Road Funding Package

    12/16/2014 11:14:18 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/14/2014 | Jack Spencer
    When House Republicans passed a version of road funding legislation Dec. 4 that did not include a tax increase, a cry went up that this would jeopardize appropriations for schools and local government revenue sharing. However, regardless of one’s opinion of the overall usefulness of the plan, the plan would not cause school and local government funding cuts. The measure, House Bill 4539, would phase out the 6-percent sales tax on gas and diesel motor fuel sales over a six-year period beginning Jan. 1, 2016. This tax, which is collected at the pump, is used primarily to provide some of...
  • Wearing American patriotic garb prohibited on a foreign holiday

    12/15/2014 10:49:02 AM PST · by DanMiller · 14 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | December 15, 2014 | Dan Miller
    Feminists demand that men learn not to rape so that suggestive attire can be worn safely. Hispanics in California demanded that high school students not be permitted to wear patriotic attire so that Hispanics wouldn't feel offended and perhaps become violent. The school complied. A Federal District Court and a majority of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with the Hispanics.According to this Rutherford Institute press release, it has asked the Supreme Court to reject a lower court ruling that declared it unsafe for California public school students to wear American flag t-shirts to school. In asking the Supreme Court to hear the case of...
  • Union Gives False Explanation to Members About Why Executive Salaries Rose

    12/15/2014 7:32:47 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/14/2014 | Jarrett Skorup
    In response to a Michigan Capitol Confidential article about higher compensation for union executives, the Michigan Education Association sent a letter justifying the salary increases by making false claims to local leaders. The memo, which was sent Dec. 2 to all local presidents and is reprinted on the union’s Facebook page, says: Yesterday we filed our annual LM-2 filing with the US Department of Labor. The Mackinac Center is reporting ‘huge’ pay increases for MEA Executives. As some of you know, the LM-2 lists every person to whom MEA has written a check to over the past year – for...
  • FL: Campus Carry Considered

    12/14/2014 7:26:59 AM PST · by marktwain · 11 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 14 December, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Last month there was a shooting at Florida State University where three students were shot by a mentally disturbed man before the police arrived.  One of the students had a concealed carry permit, but was not allowed to have his defensive firearm with him.  Another witness was a combat veteran who said that he had a clear shot at the attacker, but was also prevented from having his firearm with him by current law. A bill has been filed in the Florida Senate to restore the ability of permit holders to carry their firearms on campus, as they can...
  • AK: Girls just like to have Guns

    12/13/2014 6:29:57 PM PST · by marktwain · 19 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 13 December, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Tia and pistols near Yuma, AZ In Alaska, a couple is not content with teen age girls learning how to shoot .22 rifles and pellet guns.   Not that their is anything wrong with that.  Air rifles and .22 rifles are excellent tools for teaching beginners to shoot, and for target practice and hunting small game.   But this course goes further and involves a wider variety of firearms.   From peninsularclarion.com: In addition to safety, the course includes trigger technique, accuracy practice, shooting from a full range of positions, and a chance to gain experience with a variety of guns. Ted...
  • Naked College Students Vs. Black Lives Matter protesters

    12/13/2014 11:32:33 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 53 replies
    iOTW REPORT ^ | 12-13-2014 | Cardigan
    December 13, 2014 Naked College Students Vs. Black Lives Matter protesters by Cardigan Dean of College Rakesh Khurana speaks on behalf of protesters during Primal Scream early Thursday in Harvard Yard. Dean of Student Life Stephen Lassonde stands at his side.Dean of College Rakesh Khurana attempts to gain the attention of the participants of Primal Scream by climbing onto the shoulders of a Primal Scream runner Thursday in Harvard Yard. Other students organized a protest in response to recent police brutality that attempted to delay the start of the run. A group of about 30 students attempted to hold a...
  • Tombstone JROTC to present colors at Cardinals game. Cadets prepare for Dec. 21 national broadcast

    12/12/2014 10:56:57 AM PST · by SandRat · 7 replies
    TOMBSTONE – The Tombstone High School Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Color Guard will be making a national television debut Sunday, Dec. 21, when they present the colors during the Arizona Cardinals football game against the Seattle Seahawks. Retired Chief Warrant Officer 4 Tom Gross, the school’s JROTC senior army instructor learned Monday the color guard had been asked to present the colors. “This is by far the biggest event we have done, as it will be on the national broadcast,” said Gross. The five cadets Gross plans to send are Cadet Sgt. 1st Class Sam Powers, Cadet Sgt. 1st...
  • State School Board Cites Funding 'Facts' That Ignore Billions in Spending

    12/12/2014 8:40:48 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/10/2014 | Tom Gantert
    A Nov. 12 memo by State Board of Education President John Austin cited a report issued by a liberal think tank to support the claim that Michigan schools are receiving less money. Austin now says he will "take a look at” the report he cited, which fails to account for billions of dollars that Michigan schools receive. The analysis from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities failed to include about $10 billion of the $19.6 billion from different revenue sources that comprise the annual public school budget. The report also ignores several billion dollars directly from state sources. In...
  • We Will Never Know the Actual Rate of Sexual Assault

    12/11/2014 7:52:30 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 9 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/11/14 | Sierra Rayne
    The U.S. Department of Justice reporting on this topic is unscientific and irresponsible The U.S. Department of Justice has released a report entitled “Rape and Sexual Assault Victimization Among College-Age Females, 1995-2013,” and in light of the Rolling Stone and Lena Dunham controversies, the DOJ report is getting some media attention. But the report simply does not answer the question at hand, nor can it. Nor can any report. The public and policy makers are going to eventually need to understand that we will never, ever know the real rate of sexual assaults in any demographic group, never mind among...
  • The incredible lightness of college morality

    12/11/2014 7:48:59 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 15 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/11/14 | Klaus Rohrich
    I am given to wonder if in the very near future all of us will be relegated to speaking Arabic, as a large number of our young people can't seem to distinguish good from evil The kids at Harvard have been up so long it looks like down—literally, as Joe Biden would say. A recent poll taken by Campus Reform at Harvard University found that a fair number of students attending those ivied halls believe that America is a greater threat to world peace that ISIS. Yes, that ISIS, not the Egyptian goddess of health, marriage and wisdom, but the...
  • Cop Allows Saudis with Dead Baby in Trunk to Drive Away so as Not to Offend Muslims

    12/11/2014 5:47:31 PM PST · by BCW · 24 replies
    DC Clothesline ^ | 11 DEC 2014 | Paul Joseph Watson
    An outlandish example of political correctness occurred in Tennessee yesterday when a police officer allowed a car full of Saudi Arabians to drive away with a dead baby reportedly in the trunk so as not to be “disrespectful” towards Muslims. Police in Sumner and Robertson counties are on the lookout for a blue Dodge Charger after a traffic stop on Interstate 65 around 3:15 p.m. Wednesday. The vehicle, which had paper tags and a registration violation, contained three Saudi Arabians with Saudi drivers licenses who told the officer that they had a dead child in the trunk prepared for an...
  • Crybaby academics lead to weak-kneed government

    12/11/2014 10:01:55 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/11/14 | A. Dru Kristenev
    College students and Congress need to get a grip on reality. Anyone who wants success must work for it, not rely on make-believe that obsequious emotions or statements can correct injustice or evil acts. Choking back tears over hyped-up social strife to demand a reprieve from the hardship of sitting for college exams is just the latest chapter in over-emotionalizing politics. Most university instructors have pretty much heard it all when it comes to excuses for dodging assignments or tests. The old “the-dog-ate-my-homework” grew up to be Monday flu (hangover), monthly incapacitation (cramps) or temporary crippling (sprained/broken limbs resulting from...
  • Union President Concedes Right-to-Work Lawsuit; Strikes Back Against Workers Who Left

    12/10/2014 7:24:15 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 13 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/8/2014 | Tom Gantert
    After a teachers union president lost a legal battle involving forcing a non-union member to pay part of her salary for union-related activities, she responded by publishing the names of all former members who opted out of the union in a newsletter. Under Michigan's right-to-work law, employees can no longer be required to belong to or support a union as a condition of employment. According to Adam Neuman, the former Brighton Education Association member who sued to avoid having to pay part of BEA Union President Ellen Lafferty’s salary, the BEA president also put bright red “I Opted IN” buttons...
  • Campus Rape: It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere

    12/09/2014 3:55:19 AM PST · by lifeofgrace · 3 replies
    Charting Course ^ | 12/9/2014 | Steve Berman
    I would begin by saying “unless you’ve been under a rock”, but I know a whole lot of rock dwellers who haven’t heard a thing about this story or the endless discussion going on, mostly on the Internet and cable news.  So I’ll begin this way:  ICYMI*:  Rolling Stone Magazine published an article entitled “” in their November issue.  It was written by Sabrina Rubin Erdly, who mostly covers gender and women’s issues. If you haven’t read the article, you might want to read it for yourself, but be warned, it’s graphic and uses some profane language.  Come right back...
  • Outgoing NEA Union President Gets $123,000 Raise as Membership Falls 40,700

    12/08/2014 5:08:59 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/5/2014 | Tom Gantert
    Dennis Van Roekel is going out in style in his final year as president of the National Education Association. Van Roekel received a $123,000 raise in 2014, boosting his annual salary to $429,509 and his total compensation to $541,632, according to documents the union recently filed with the U.S. Department of Labor. The NEA’s membership dropped 40,700 members in 2014, falling to 2.96 million and dipping below the 3-million mark for the first time in nine years. The Michigan Education Association is this state's NEA affiliate. Its members paid $7 million in dues to the national union in 2013, according...
  • White Lone Star College Student Doesn't Want to Learn About White Privilege

    12/07/2014 1:22:43 PM PST · by Bettyprob · 110 replies
    Houston Press ^ | Dec. 4 2014 | Michael Barajas
    The concept of white privilege remains controversial in the same way people still argue about climate change. A small, increasingly-fringe faction might argue that it doesn't exist at all. Another broad, more conservative group might concede that it does, technically, exist, but still disagree about what it means, whether it's important and what, if anything, we can do about it. Still, many others would argue that acknowledging and working to understand it is an important step toward fixing the problem -- in the case of white privilege, the problem being compounded, inter-generational inequality that, although sometimes subtle, is still present...
  • MI: Detroit Open Carry, Hip and Cool

    12/05/2014 11:42:35 AM PST · by marktwain · 21 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 4 December, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    An open carry group in Michigan has done a remarkable thing.  True, they built on the accomplishments of a great many before them.   They have made the open carry of long guns in Detroit cool and hip on an MSNBC video. Here is a link to the video: The video is done by Ronan Farrow, featuring 22 year-old activist James Baker.  He is well spoken, photogenic, and persuasive.  He and a couple of other people formed the group, Hell's Saints, in July of 2014.  He comes across as cool and hip.  He narrates much of the video.   He reminds...
  • Missouri college students pursue a hot new idea: Racial segregation

    12/05/2014 10:16:53 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 4, 2014 | Noah Rothman
    In yet another of those increasingly frequent moments when “progressivism” means its precise antonym, a group of college students in Missouri are testing out a new and exciting theory of social organization: Segregation. According to a report in The College Fix, University of Missouri students organizing a “die-in” to protest recent events in Ferguson recently won the honor of having a variety of classes effectively cancelled in order to allow maximum participation. There is just one problem – the protests organizers humbly requested that “only people of color” be allowed to join in the demonstrations. “During the demonstration we will...
  • How the 17th Amendment is destroying America

    12/04/2014 6:37:59 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 35 replies
    Megyn Kelly ^ | December 4, 2014 | Justin Haskins
    Few Americans who entered polling booths for the Nov. 4 election and pulled the lever for their favorite candidate for Senate realize that for most of American history, senators were chosen by the state legislatures. It wasn’t until 1913 that the 17thAmendment was passed, granting American voters the constitutional right of directly electing their senators.While this important amendment may seem innocuous, the reality is that few other changes to our Constitution have had the same detrimental effect on our nation than this single, nearly forgotten alteration.The passage of the 17th Amendment was driven largely by the populist movement of the...
  • It Depends... on What the Meaning of "Republican" Is...

    12/04/2014 11:17:02 AM PST · by jfd1776 · 3 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | December 4, 2014 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    Almost twenty years ago, American philologists were treated to an amazing statement in the political realm: then-President Bill Clinton answered a question with the words “It depends on what the meaning of the word ‘is’ is.” As shocking as that statement was in context, coming from a leading Democrat, it was also something of a Freudian slip, as Bill Clinton gave away quite a secret in that brief moment. While it can be honestly said that all politicians may exaggerate occasionally, and all politicians may have different takes on the rightness or wrongness of a position, or on the success...
  • CHICAGO’S DEMS TREAT BLACK CPS STUDENTS LIKE FARM ANIMALS BECAUSE THEY CAN

    12/04/2014 7:02:40 AM PST · by jmaroneps37 · 6 replies
    coachisright.com ^ | Dec 4, 2014 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    As in other districts across the country, Blacks in Chicago would rather cut off their hand than vote Republican. After all, “Democrats are their friends and Republicans hate them,” as they have been taught to believe all of their lives as inmates on the Donkey’s plantation. In return for ALWAYS voting Democrat, Windy City Blacks have gotten welfare dollars, housing and everything else they could want except safe streets and good schools which they have long since given up demanding. Nevertheless, now they might be learning that when you cut a deal with Satan he always lies and always demands...
  • ENVIRONMENTALISTS MAY SOON DECIDE WHAT AMERICANS MUST EAT

    12/02/2014 12:28:35 PM PST · by jmaroneps37 · 31 replies
    coachisright.com ^ | Dec 2, 2014 | Doug Book
    It’s not unusual that committees formed in Washington, D.C. should seek to expand the boundaries of their authority and the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) of 2015 has done just that. Created by Congress in 1980, the purpose of the DGAC is to provide guidelines, updated every 5 years, through which the federal government may “help Americans eat healthier so they [might] live longer.” But Committee Chair Barbara Millen has decided to expand DGAC authority from food and diet to the consideration of all things which are health-related. To Millen, this means the Committee should take on the issue of...
  • Did 'Republican Budget Cuts' Lead to a $51.7 Million Deficit and No Toilet Paper in Schools?

    12/01/2014 12:53:58 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 9 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/28/2014 | Tom Gantert
    At the height of the Pontiac School District’s overspending crisis, its deficit reached $51.7 million in 2013. House Democratic Leader Tim Greimel put out a press release in January 2013 with a headline: “Republican Budget Cuts Lead To Lack of Toilet Paper in Pontiac Schools.” Pontiac Education Association Union President Aimee McKeever said the district was poor and not receiving as much money as surrounding districts. But neither claim was accurate. The Pontiac School District is in the news this week after it stated its deficit has been reduced for the first time in the seven consecutive years it has...
  • My take on the Tamir Rice shooting

    12/01/2014 7:36:52 AM PST · by Pauli67 · 7 replies
    Est Quod Est ^ | 12/1/2014 | Pauli
    Tamir Rice's father should be absolutely ashamed of himself for not teaching his son that playing with guns (which have been doctored to look real) in public and not listening to policemen with real weapons will get you killed. I realize that his father, Leonard Warner, has a criminal history, but that should only make him more ashamed that he hadn't taught his son simple survival skills, and what a mistake it is to play chicken with the cops. Someone should do a quick anecdotal study about how many of these kids involved in these high-profile shootings (Trayvon Martin, Michael...
  • Detroit Shows that Poverty is Not Stopping Parents from Opting for School Choice

    12/01/2014 5:52:26 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 12 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/29/2014 | Tom Gantert
    The far left Eclectablog repeats what is becoming a recurring drum beat in public education in Michigan – poor people can’t afford school choice. If Detroit serves as an example, statewide statistics show that not only can poor families afford school choice, they often times prefer it. There are 51,083 students from Detroit attending charter public schools, which exceeds the 49,172 Detroit students who attend Detroit Public Schools. And about 89 percent of Detroit charter school students are eligible for free-or-reduced lunch status compared to 82 percent of DPS students, according to an analysis of data from the Center for...
  • Two Florida State Students were Prevented by Law from Stopping School Shooting

    12/01/2014 1:42:15 AM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 29 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    According to Students for Concealed Carry (SCC) at Florida State, two students present at the shooting that occurred on 20 November could have stopped the shooting but were disarmed by the current Florida law. One of the students was wounded during the shooting.   Nathan Scott is a member of SCC at FSU.  In spite of his wound, he was able to warn other students about the shooter.   The other student was a U.S. infantry combat veteran who says he had a clear shot at the shooter.  From the facebook page of SSC at FSU: This is highlighted by two...
  • AZ: Open Carry on the Mountain

    11/30/2014 12:58:55 PM PST · by marktwain · 16 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 29 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Earlier this week, I climbed a mountain.  It is a locally popular way for people  to get some exercise and a nice view.  As usual, I was openly carrying a Glock 17.  I carry primarily for political purposes, so I wore a "Gun Guy" hat given to me by Dan Baum at the Shot Show a couple of years ago.  Another reason is that it can get windy on the mountain, and I have had broader brimmed hats blown off. As I arrived at the top, a pair of young ladies asked me to take their picture, to commemorate...
  • THE NEW CON: LAW PROFESSORS FOR EXECUTIVE AMNESTY

    11/30/2014 10:33:55 AM PST · by Steelfish · 22 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | November25, 2014 | Jeffrey Lord
    THE NEW CON: LAW PROFESSORS FOR EXECUTIVE AMNESTY A pattern of deceit from the White House. By Jeffrey Lord – 11.25.14 Call it a White House con game. The Obama administration is rolling out a list of law professors in support of the president’s executive order giving amnesty to five million illegal immigrants. The Hill reports: The White House worked to bolster the legal case for President Obama’s immigration action Thursday night, releasing a letter from a group of prominent legal scholars arguing that the president’s moves were within his legal authorities. The group included three law professors from the...
  • FL: Remarkable Poll in Favor of Campus Carry 15-1

    11/30/2014 5:20:33 AM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 29 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    The article with this poll was first published on Friday afternoon a week ago, 21 November, 2014, the day after the shooting at Florida State University (FSU).   I wrote about it the next day.   At that time the ratio of second amendment supporters to disarmists was a very high 12 to 1. On Saturday morning, about 6 a.m. the total number of votes cast were 2740.   As you can see from the screenshot, today, 28 November about 10 a.m., the number has increased to 4,330, and the ratio has increase from 12 to 1 to an astonishing...
  • Distorted perceptions of Ferguson, Israel and Islam have similar roots

    11/29/2014 2:35:21 PM PST · by DanMiller
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | November 29, 2014 | Dan Miller
    Those who find "racist" repression of Blacks in Ferguson, "racist" repression of Arabs in Israel and "racist" repression of Muslims by non-Muslims everywhere have much in common. Leftist and mainstream media perceptions of "repression" by Ferguson's White minority of its Black majority, of Israeli "war crimes" against her minority Muslim residents and of the "peaceful" nature of Islam hinge on increasingly common notions: fairness requires inconvenient facts to be altered if possible to suit an ideology while others, inconsistent with the altered facts, must be ignored. We must speak and act with compassion toward and empathy with the oppressed. Only in this way, it is believed, can true fairness and...
  • UK University Rejects Pro-Abortion Bullying

    11/28/2014 4:17:59 PM PST · by Enza Ferreri · 1 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 28 November 2014 | Enza Ferreri
    Younger generations are fighting back. Yesterday, the Cardiff University Students' Union, in Wales voted down a motion that would have made the Students' Union officially pro-choice and effectively banned pro-life activities. Clauses within the motion included preventing "affiliated societies and groups from taking part in anti-choice protests or rallies outside of abortion clinics and under the banner of the student’s union," with another part saying: "Any information about abortion or contraception disseminated, distributed or presented in union or university buildings must be unbiased and not shame those who choose to have abortions, and must be academically referenced."The motion would...
  • In one classroom, a teacher makes Michael Brown the lesson of the day

    11/27/2014 11:49:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    The Washington Post's Answer Sheet ^ | November 27, 2014 | Valerie Strauss
    On Nov. 25th, a grand jury in Ferguson voted not to indict a white police officer, Darren Wilson, in the shooting of an unarmed teenager, Michael Brown, last August in a case that has stirred civil unrest and accusations of racism by white law enforcement officials. The next day, Steve Singer, a teacher in suburban Pittsburgh went to school and realized that he could not carry on as usual but that he had to address what was transpiring in Missouri. This is his account of what happened that day. Singer is a husband, father, blogger and education advocate who teaches...
  • The best approach is laughter

    11/27/2014 8:17:03 AM PST · by GilGil · 23 replies
    Youtube ^ | 10/23/2013 | Kevein McCarthy
    This is a very satisfying video. Bet you can't watch it just once.
  • Grace & Mercy: The Preludes to a Thankful Heart

    11/26/2014 10:49:57 PM PST · by Making_Sense [Rob W. Case] · 1 replies
    MSMB ^ | November 27, 2014 | Rob W. Case
    What do you think of when you hear the words Grace and mercy? It is common in this day and age to think of the concept of grace as something of a prayer someone might say before they eat a meal, and mercy, as something of an act of restraint in wreaking loss, devastation, or retribution towards someone who committed an act against another person, or perhaps the inability to pay a debt owed to a certain person within a particular time frame. Without God’s grace and mercy, we could never truly experience a heart of thankfulness if we never...
  • Is This School One of the Best in Michigan or One of the Worst?

    11/26/2014 11:30:54 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 12 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/24/2014 | Jarrett Skorup
    If you ask the Michigan Department of Education, Covert High School is not a good school. On the state report card from a few years ago, the school ranked in the bottom 26th percentile. But on a new report card, the school 40 miles west of Kalamazoo is the No. 1 ranked conventional public high school in Michigan. The reason why requires understanding the state’s report card and those done by other groups. In Michigan, schools are ranked based on the state’s Top-to-Bottom list, which grade administrators and schools based 50 percent on overall test scores, 25 percent on the...
  • Why Is Teaching Anal Sex in the Chicago Public School Curriculum? [satire]

    11/26/2014 7:16:06 AM PST · by John Semmens · 27 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 23 Nov 2014 | John Semmens
    Parents of students attending Chicago’s Andrew Jackson Language Academy were shocked to discover that 5th graders are slated to study “the pleasures of anal sex.” Chicago Public Schools spokesman Bill McCaffrey characterized the parents’ reactions as “excessively dramatic” and “not well thought out. It’s our job to help prepare our students for life in the real world. Teaching them the skills needed for safe sex is at least as critical a part of our job as teaching them how to read.” “Sex is a topic of universal interest to students,” McCaffrey asserted. “What we teach them about this topic will...
  • Little Lady Reloader, Age Five

    11/25/2014 10:56:15 AM PST · by marktwain · 37 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 24 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    A reader sent this picture of his daughter assisting him in reloading cartridges.   On a single stage press, such as the RCBS pictured, there  is plenty to do.   A young child can easily and safely deprime cases, such as this young girl is doing.   She deprimed 500 of them for her father, and was very pleased with herself.   It reminds me of pleasant times when my daughter was about five.  She loved to help me reload ammunition. My own first experiences with reloading were when I was much older, perhaps eight, or nine.  My father reloaded hunting ammunition for...
  • Democratic Lawmakers Target School Choice

    11/25/2014 10:53:36 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/21/2014 | Jack Spencer
    In the last five months, Democrats in the Michigan Legislature have introduced 10 bills and two budget amendments that impose more oversight, reporting requirements, regulations, restrictions or an outright ban on charter public schools and the entities that authorize ("charter") them. The bills are part of an escalating battle over the extent which Michigan parents who can't afford or don't prefer private schools can still choose where to send their children to school. The bills come at a time when the number of charter schools in the state has expanded from 240 in 2009 to 303 in the current school...
  • DOE Says AP Classes Must Be Racially Balanced [satire]

    11/25/2014 9:46:02 AM PST · by John Semmens · 3 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 23 Nov 2014 | John Semmens
    The South Orange-Maplewood School District in New Jersey was told by the US Department of Education that the racial imbalance in its Advance Placement (AP) courses was discriminatory because minorities are under represented among the students enrolled in these classes. AP courses are intended for college-bound graduates and typically entail heavier workloads and more difficult assignments. US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan brushed aside arguments relying on student interest and ability as “insufficient to overcome the goal of racial equality. For the school to say that minorities are over represented on the school’s athletic teams and that somehow counterbalances their...