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  • Kimberly Munley ended Fort Hood rampage using Virginia Tech lessons

    11/06/2009 3:26:00 PM PST · by Saije · 72 replies · 2,270+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 11/6/2009 | Patrick Jonsson
    Lessons learned from the horrific Virginia Tech shootings in 2007 are credited with averting an even bigger massacre at Fort Hood, Texas, Thursday afternoon when police officer Kimberly Munley confronted the gunman without waiting for backup and took him down with four shots. Reviews in the aftermath of the shootings at Virginia Tech, where 32 died, found that first responders' decision to be careful and wait for backup probably cost lives as that gunman moved unchecked from classroom to classroom as law enforcement massed outside. Those findings had found their way to Fort Hood's Special Reaction Team, which had practiced...
  • The Lesson of Bob McDonnell

    11/06/2009 11:34:21 AM PST · by GonzoII · 11 replies · 685+ views
    HeadlineBistro.Com ^ | Nov 5 2009 | Charlie Spiering
    The Lesson of Bob McDonnellby Charlie SpieringA week before the election, Virginia candidate for governor Bob McDonnell was asked in a radio interview if he would veto state funding for Planned Parenthood.“We shouldn't be doing that (funding Planned Parenthood) in Virginia,” answered O’Donnell. “That's common sense I think, and that will be part of what we get done.”Pro-choice activists were furious and quick to condemn his remarks. To them it was one more reason why McDonnell was “out of step and out of touch with voters.” But McDonnell, with his common sense approach to politics, proved that you can still...
  • Lessons from Virginia for the GOP

    11/05/2009 7:50:00 AM PST · by yongin · 11 replies · 561+ views
    WaPO ^ | Nov 5, 2009 | Ed Gillespie
    After losing Virginia's governorship for the first time in eight years, some Democrats are trying to console themselves that Virginia is at its core a "red" state. This ignores not only that they won back-to-back governorships but also that Democrats defeated a sitting senator in 2006, took control of the state Senate in 2007 and won an open Republican Senate seat and three House seats in 2008 while carrying Virginia's electoral college votes for the first time since 1964. Some in the White House are trying to deflect blame for the defeat by saying that Sen. Creigh Deeds lost because...
  • Barone: Lessons from the 2009 election results

    11/05/2009 2:01:52 AM PST · by HokieMom · 8 replies · 872+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 11/04/09 | Barone
    My Wednesday Examiner column, written as the 2009 election returns were coming in, stands up pretty well. But let me add some observations written as the course of the elections became clearer. First, in the governor elections in Virginia and New Jersey, the Democratic candidate ran far behind Barack Obama’s percentages in 2008 and the Republican candidates ran ahead of George W. Bush’s percentages in 2004. The numbers are pretty daunting. In Virginia Creigh Deeds won 41% of the votes, way behind Barack Obama’s 53% in 2008. And in New Jersey Democratic incumbent Jon Corzine won 45% of the votes,...
  • Lessons from Virginia for the GOP

    11/04/2009 9:55:55 PM PST · by MadIsh32 · 21 replies · 1,114+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 11/05/2009 | Ed Gillespie
    Lessons from Virginia for the GOP By Ed Gillespie Thursday, November 5, 2009 After losing Virginia's governorship for the first time in eight years, some Democrats are trying to console themselves that Virginia is at its core a "red" state. This ignores not only that they won back-to-back governorships but also that Democrats defeated a sitting senator in 2006, took control of the state Senate in 2007 and won an open Republican Senate seat and three House seats in 2008 while carrying Virginia's electoral college votes for the first time since 1964. Some in the White House are trying to...
  • Afghanistan Now: Go Big or Go Home

    09/27/2009 11:03:54 AM PDT · by foutsc · 7 replies · 403+ views
    Nietzsche is Dead ^ | 27 Sep 09 | foutsc
    With Obama set to go weak on the "Good War" in Afghanistan, we need to recall some lessons of history. There is no such thing as a humane war. Indulging in such fantasies, with CNN enforcing the rules, has made the world a more dangerous place. GANJGAL, Afghanistan — We walked into a trap, a killing zone of relentless gunfire and rocket barrages from Afghan insurgents hidden in the mountainsides and in a fortress-like village where women and children were replenishing their ammunition. (Source: Jonathan Landay, a real battlefield reporter for McClatchy) David Warren, trenchant thinker and writer from Canada,...
  • Exclusive report: John Lehman, former Sec Navy, on the Lessons of 9/11

    09/18/2009 7:28:40 PM PDT · by clyde_m · 4 replies · 387+ views
    The Patriot Room ^ | September 18, 2009 | Clyde Middleton
    Former Secretary of the Navy under Reagan, and member of the 9/11 Commission, John Lehman spoke tonight on the campus of St. Joseph's University. His topic was "The Lessons of 9/11: What we have learned, what have we accomplished, and what remains to be done."
  • Day of Reckoning: My Two Cents on Learning from 9/11

    09/11/2009 8:03:29 AM PDT · by SpareChange · 9 replies · 546+ views
    Spare Change | 11 September 2009 | David J. Aland
    Spare Change Day of Reckoning: My Two Cents on Learning from 9/11 David J. Aland 11 Sep 09 I survived 9/11 without a scratch. I didn’t even get my uniform dirty. Through nothing less than the grace of God, I was not where I was supposed to be when the terrorists slammed an airliner into the Pentagon. Friends, colleagues, and shipmates of mine died that day, but I lived. In the hours, days, and weeks that followed, my hands joined the thousands that picked up, reconstituted, and continued the work of those that had been killed. To this day, I...
  • 9/11 as a Lesson, Not a Memory (barf alert)

    09/11/2009 9:50:10 AM PDT · by khnyny · 18 replies · 1,016+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | September 11, 2009 | Eli Saslow
    VINCENNES, Ind. The students filed into their social studies class just after lunch and slumped into desks where they had learned about the Civil War, Lewis and Clark, and the bombing of Pearl Harbor. On this day, teacher Michael Hutchison said, the class would feature "another of those huge moments in our history." He reminded the high school juniors and seniors that he would be grading their notes. Then he dimmed the lights and played a video on the classroom TV.
  • Lessons of Obama's School Speech

    09/10/2009 3:25:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies · 533+ views ^ | September 10, 2009 | Steve Chapman
    On Tuesday, as children in many places went back to school, the world's most prominent black leader undertook to expand a worshipful cult of personality as part of a systematic effort to achieve absolute power. You may have heard about it: Oprah Winfrey kicked off her 24th season on the air by taking over Chicago's Michigan Avenue for a live show in front of thousands of adoring fans. Oh, there was also that business involving the president of the United States going on TV to urge students to work hard and stay in school. In the end, Barack Obama's televised...
  • Lesson for Van Jones: Don't get too uppity

    09/07/2009 3:03:31 PM PDT · by kcvl · 35 replies · 2,321+ views
    Van Jones loved the spotlight. Heck, who wouldn't, after being named a special adviser and green jobs czar for President Barack Obama. In Kansas City last week, Jones was one of the federal officials flown in to take a look at the Green Impact Zone, an idea to upgrade 150 blocks of low-income neighborhoods. Jones was introduced twice by fellow, higher-ranking fed officials -- and on both occasions, Jones made sure to interject that he was a "special adviser" to Obama. But now he's not part of the administration at all, thanks to imprudent remarks and a petition he signed...

    09/06/2009 9:02:49 PM PDT · by WayneLusvardi · 14 replies · 996+ views
    Pasadena Sub Rosa ^ | September 6, 2009 | Wayne Lusvardi
    Mr. Van Jones, President Obama's "Green Jobs Czar," is the perfectly useful political foil for the Obama Administration. "Foil" means to obscure or confuse (to leave a false trail or scent) so as to evade or spoil pursuers. It also means a person or thing that makes another seem better by contrast ("The serious man was an able foil to the comic"). Mr. Jones recently resigned from his five month job as the so-called Green Jobs Czar (a highly symbolic do-nothing non-cabinet position) purportedly because he was found out to be a "communist" by conservatives on the Internet. According to...
  • Some important lessons from Ted Kennedy

    08/26/2009 9:18:28 AM PDT · by AJKauf · 31 replies · 2,200+ views
    PAjamas Media ^ | August 26 | Roger Kimball
    I am deeply grateful for the contribution that Ted Kennedy, who died last night, made to my education. Until Kennedy delivered his intemperate tirade against Robert Bork’s nomination to the Supreme Court in the summer of 1987, I hadn’t known that a United States Senator could brazenly lie to his colleagues and the American people and get away with it. I’m not talking about little fibs, or broken promises, or private dissimulations: all that I took as standard operating procedure in a fallen world. No, Ted Kennedy raised — that is to say, he dramatically lowered — the standard by...
  • For a Teachable Moment, U.S. Needs a Better Teacher Than President Obama (Richard Cohen)

    08/25/2009 8:16:33 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies · 735+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | Tuesday, August 25th 2009
    <p>Let's go back to that "teachable moment." It was proclaimed by Barack Obama after he said that police in Cambridge, Mass., had acted "stupidly" in arresting Henry Louis Gates Jr. for essentially being black in his own house.</p> <p>It has been a month now, and the one sure thing we have learned in this extended teachable moment is about Obama himself. He can't teach.</p>
  • Police 'steal' valuables from cars in a lesson for drivers

    08/25/2009 8:08:27 AM PDT · by Charlespg · 67 replies · 3,973+ views
    daily mail ^ | 3:22 PM on 25th August 2009 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Police are removing valuables from unlocked cars to shock motorists into being more careful. Officers in London are taking everything from handbags to satnavs, and leaving a note telling drivers their property is at a local police station.

    08/23/2009 5:13:13 PM PDT · by Andrei Nana · 4 replies · 515+ views
    TOO STUBBORN TO DIE! WHAT SHOULD WE LEARN FROM AFGHANISTAN & IRAQ? By Andrei Nana We have all heard from our friends, family, and society at large, that when it comes to life, we will repeatedly make the same mistakes we made in the past unless we learn from those mistakes we make now. It sounds gloomy and depressing to consider the possibility of that continuous repetition, especially when we like to think of ourselves as always progressing. However, that repetition appears to exist. We also heard from these same people that there is a sliver lighting in everything, and...
  • CNN says U.S. taught lesson by Muslims on 9/11

    08/10/2009 6:59:04 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 32 replies · 878+ views
    creeping sharia ^ | August 9, 2009 | creeping
    “9/11 taught the U.S. that it ignores rising Muslim resentment at its own peril.” ~ Christiane Amanpour, CNN resident dhimmi: “America can’t have another generation of Muslims who hate it.” Well, unless Muslims get over their hatred of infidels and stop teaching their children to hate the Great Satan, don’t expect any change. This is just another in a long list of major media outlets (TIME, Newsweek here and here) declaring the end of American leadership and suggesting that the United States submit to dhimmi status under Islam, and in doing so, Islamic sharia law. We ignore doing so “at...
  • A Warning For America From South Africa [Excellent! Must read!]

    08/09/2009 8:51:32 AM PDT · by upchuck · 62 replies · 3,490+ views
    The National Messenger ^ | January 2005 | Gemma Meyer
    NOTE: This article was written in January, 2005. But it is actually more applicable and prophetic today than it was then. It is a little long but well worth your time. By Gemma Meyer (Gemma Meyer is the pseudonym of a South African journalist. She and her husband, a former conservative member of parliament, still reside in South Africa.) People used to say that South Africa was 20 years behind the rest of the Western world. Television, for example, came late to South Africa (but so did pornography and the gay rights movement). Today, however, South Africa may be the...
  • Journalists Freed from North Korea: Lessons Learned and Unfinished Business

    08/04/2009 6:04:32 PM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 34 replies · 1,967+ views
    AmericanInTokyo ^ | 5 August 2009 | AmericanInTokyo
    Now that all the hoopla and nonstop CNN 24/7 type celebrations and TV interviews and book deals will ramp up over the release of two liberal Democrat California-based freelance/Al Gore journalists from communist North Korea, based on a Bill Clinton secret deal and eventual flying to North Korea to apologize and legitimize the dictatorial regime--developing nuclear strike capabilities and exporting said terror--I say "hold your horses", as we have important unfinished business. I would expect the MSM to gloss over these so I raise them here.
  • Lessons of the Gates Incident

    07/31/2009 12:33:10 PM PDT · by AJKauf · 22 replies · 885+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | July 31 | Ron Radosh
    At no time, does there seem to be vitriol and intimidation coming from Sgt. Crowley’s side. There have been no reports that anyone has threatened Prof. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., or any of his public defenders. Yet all those who have challenged Gates’ account, or who have argued that while Sgt. Crowley may have overreacted, he was not engaging in an incorrect action taken in the line of duty as a police offer, have found themselves branded as racist or worse, and even had their physical safety threatened. It appears, in other words, that in today’s America, with an African-American...