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  • [12] November 27, 2014 at 4:37am

    Common Core was part of why we decided to home school.

    We have had some bad experiences… and some strange ones. Last year they started with normal parent teacher conferences and switched to student led presentations. It’s like they wanted to disengage from the parents and expected people to sit and take it to avoid hurting their kids feelings – then there would be little or no time to talk with the teacher. She could play with her smartphone or do other work and tune us out.

    That’s only one story, there are others. My daughter said that her teacher made her feel stupid. I do not know of anyone who really trusts the public schools here, even if they send their kids there.

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  • [8] November 27, 2014 at 3:16am

    My husband has been close to bears more than once; one occasion involved a mama bear if I remember the story right. He didn’t act like food (run!), or a threat (approaching/intimidating) and she pretty much ignored him.

    In many situations you can back away slowly. If blocked by terrain, then playing dead or even just sitting still may work. Note, playing dead may not prevent you from being mauled by a bear expressing curiosity with its mouth – and all those teeth. As evidence check out some cool go-pro footage of a bear exploring the camera as a potential food source.

    Most bear attacks are muggings gone awry: Fisherman catches fish, bear says ‘it’s my river, pay the rent’, tourist panics instead of handing over the fish to the big mugger in handsome fur coat. One thing leads to another and it doesn’t end well. ( A better option is to toss the fish far over THERE and walk slowly in the opposite direction.)

    That situation does not match what happened here. He is what is known as the 100th bear. 99 times out of 100 bears will leave people alone if you know how to avoid conflict. The 100th bear sees people as a potential food source – and not for handouts. If it is a female it is an even more serious problem- she will teach her cubs to hunt humans as food. The only thing to do with one of them is to kill it. The Natives knew that, but it took the white man and all the tree huggers a while to catch on.

  • November 26, 2014 at 5:39pm

    Possibly, or maybe not. Body language, context/awareness of the situation, and other variables might have cued me in otherwise. Might have = might have been.

    There was someone there who called it in and said that they didn’t know if it was a toy or not. There was some doubt in the mind of the guy one the scene and you could read that either way.

    This is why you treat any weapon as if it was real and loaded even if you know otherwise. That’s basic gun safety that he was never taught… or not taught firmly enough.

    The previous article said that the information abut the gun possibly being fake was not passed on to the officers in the field.

    He may have been a good kid, but acting stupidly can have permanent consequences. Gravity doesn’t care that you don’t deserve to go splat and cops with a visible threat before them act as such. Visible is not always real, but people usually judge by what they see.

  • [3] November 26, 2014 at 5:28pm

    Re your comment:
    My bet is that Kirk will not sue them. He will not do anything that will cloud the presentation of the Gospel or of whom the Good News is about.

    In his place I would be tempted to sue them down to their socks. Their slander is an attempt to cloud the presentation of the gospel by slandering one of its messengers. God can defend himself and needs no legal protection, but his workers can avail themselves of the protection of the law.

    After I sued I would stipulate that the penalties exacted not enrich me but be used to further mission work to “feed the hungry, clothe the naked, visit those in prison…. Such as you have done unto the least of these…” It could be divided among several worthy charities.

    It would thus be an attempt to fully reclaim my good name by turning the win into positive PR and good works rather than merely into a tiny retraction (some cash) and another hammer for my opponents to bash me with calling me a money grubbing ___ just using a nuisance suit to enrich myself.

  • [4] November 26, 2014 at 3:52pm

    The flyer was poorly worded. The article said it was about a local food bank, the flyer said it was to support the missions of the church. It could have been misread to mean missionaries/mission work. A letter to all the parents clarifying the matter would probably have been enough to settle this before it blew up. That’s assuming the parents called the school first to get their questions answered instead of taking the flyer and calling the Freedom From Religion Foundation or other professional agitators.

  • [13] November 26, 2014 at 3:43pm

    Write back and ask two questions:

    1. Is there a local atheist food bank that the kids could donate money to? If not, why?

    2. School rules are supposed to be neutral on the subject of religion, not favoring or excluding anyone.

    If the kids are to be prohibited from donating to one food bank because it may be seen as official support of their religious views, should they also be prohibited from donating to an atheist food bank because it would be official support for the atheists religious views?

    3. In your opinion, in order to be evenhanded should the kids be prohibited from donating to organizations associated with any particular (religious) views at all… or should donations be focused on the work being done regardless of who dies it?

    You do not set our policies, but your response to this letter will be read at our next meeting. Please respond before our next meeting planned for ____.

    Thank you for your input

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  • [2] November 26, 2014 at 3:06pm

    I see it saying it all belongs to God anyway, and we give back 10 % of what He gives us.

    Have you ever noticed the similarity with re-distributionists and Statists? You didn’t build/earn that. It’s all their money anyway. They will let you keep a little… or give a bit back in subsidies etc after they take a big cut off the top. All the money is theirs; a social good to be used for the good of society.

    It really is a religion, isn’t it?

  • [9] November 26, 2014 at 2:56pm

    Oak or steel?
    Or were you thinking of something with a pattern or texture that might leave a lasting mark?

    The swing worked well enough….
    it got an eager confession out of him; he’d rather face the court than that Dad.
    His daughter doesn’t need the additional trauma of her Dad facing murder charges.

  • [10] November 26, 2014 at 2:48pm

    No you wouldn’t. You might imagine it, but you wouldn’t do it. Imagine a country where if the accusation is bad enough you can be executed without a trial, and the police will only help your accusers. A skilled liar could get someone killed for fun or profit.

    If you went through the psych screening and police training I trust that you would have the discipline and self control not to do any such thing… though you might let the perp know that you were tempted. Unfortunately, even that would be likely to get you written up in a discipline report &/or sued these days and his lawyer would have a field day with it.

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  • [41] November 26, 2014 at 2:37pm

    “…It’s instructive to note that Barr told the Daily News in regard to the numerous rape allegations against Cosby, “I don’t wanna get sued or have (Cosby) send anyone to beat me up, but I think it’s obvious: 13 to 1.”

    When she says 13 to one, was she including her selfie and slanderous post?

    I heard that one of the accusers has a book deal ready to go. It’s written, edited and she has a publisher. The only thing missing is a media storm to drum up sales. Suspiciously convenient, don’t you think?

    The accusations may be true, or not. The data are not in and the jury has not reached a verdict. The media should stop pulling a Ferguson on Cosby.

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  • [6] November 26, 2014 at 4:53am

    When you give everyone free speech some of them will be nutty as a bag of peanuts, and some will be knowingly Evil.

    Pray in gratitude and hope. Give thanks for all those who are not.

  • [68] November 26, 2014 at 4:27am

    I am sure a list of charges from attempted murder to reckless endangerment could be compiled.

    Including part of the address did not substantially inform the public of anything they needed to know- unless they intended violence against him. The presence of violence in word and deed in Ferguson was ample evidence that tempers were hot enough to endanger the man at the center of the controversy.

    They knowingly and deliberately put him (further) in harm’s way. Whatever editor approved it going out that way (accessory before the fact) and the author who did it should be brought up on charges. If they knew of or had reason to suspect credible death threats, then attempted murder or some variation of that charge is appropriate.

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  • [1] November 25, 2014 at 5:15pm

    We still miss the Real News. I understand it was probably expensive and there were reasons… tough choices have to be made. We are still a bit upset. My husband used to watch it regularly. Often he compared it to what was put out by others, but sometimes it was his only news for the day.

    Dana tried to add a round table discussion, but frankly it doesn’t work that well. RN was a round table of peers; Dana is running her own show.

    We hope that GB will have an opportunity to bring it back at some point. It matters to us- a lot. I can probably convince my husband to extend our membership… but that was the one show he watched regularly and valued.

    Happy Thanksgiving to all at the Blaze and all GB’s other employees… and to GB & family as well. May all of you have much to be thankful for in the past year, and the year to come.

  • [1] November 25, 2014 at 5:04pm

    Actually, that might not be such a bad idea.
    Skunk spray $5, odor removal kit $100; you could clean up…. and if it works you would have repeat business too.

    How about remote controlled drones armed with skunk spray? Add some UV markers to the mix as well. You could set them up to protect a defined area, and spray anyone who doesn’t belong in the area. RFID tags and ID challenges by entrances. Entry bypassing a checkpoint draws automatic response.

    Darn, I should slap a patent on the idea.

  • [2] November 25, 2014 at 1:13pm

    For better or worse, in sickness and in health….

    She married him NOW. I think after starting their marriage in one of the roughest places to be that they will stick with each other through anything. It’s good to have someone at your back. The fact that she is a fellow officer means that she has the training to help watch his back- and hers.

    Good luck and long life to both of them!

  • [1] November 25, 2014 at 1:04pm

    If the black community is ever gonna move forward, they need to stop blaming others and start blaming themselves.
    They need to look inward and realize all the destruction and immorality their culture has caused. I can’t feel sorry for them until they admit that.
    Some of them do… in private. It’s a tribal us-vs-them thing. They may somehow feel that it weakens their position as a group to admit such things in public, even if a few of them discuss it in private.

    I think they need to ask if what they are doing is based in Truth, because if it is then the truth matters. If what they are doing is not based in truth, then what is it based in? …Is that really something they want to be supporting or encouraging?

    There are people who need to call a spade a spade. It’s hard though, almost as hard as a white man back in the day saying publicly what the KKK really was/is. There were white folks who might admit it was an us vs them thing (and maybe unjust), but it seemed to be to their advantage, so anyone who rocked the boat was seen as harming their interests.

    Putting honor and principles above what seem to be your interests in the short term can be hard. There are blacks who tell the truth, and they are welcome like a skunk at a garden party. They are traitors to their own race or some such nonsense… the same sort of thing Dr King’s white supporters must have heard.

  • [2] November 24, 2014 at 3:06pm

    DZ-015 & Sargeking & DadRocked
    Thanks for the details. I didn’t know the whole story.

    They were all heroes and arguing about whether one guy was in a particular photo still seems a bit petty and trivial; no one is arguing that he was really safe at home.

    I note that uniforms are sometimes adapted under combat conditions, regulation or not. I don’t know what happened to his belt or why it seems to have the “wrong” equipment on it. There may have been a perfectly good explanation at the time. We will never know and I don’t plan to loose sleep over it.

    All honor to the fallen, and those who still stand.

  • [19] November 24, 2014 at 11:43am

    I seem to to remember that the photograph was a staged recreation of an actual event, at the request of the photographer. I don’t know that the men in the photo(s) are the same people who raised the flag the first time. The photographer was not trying to immortalize a moment in history so much as trying to get a really good picture, so he could have used anyone. It is even possible that between one set of pictures and another someone else was a substitute for some reason. One guy could know with certainty that he had been in one (or some) of the photos, and not have been in another set.

    I don’t think it’s a lie, just several staged photos with most of the same people in them.

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  • November 22, 2014 at 1:57pm

    Ignorance of facts is not a claim that Cosby is innocent…nor an assumption of guilt. They may both be guilty (or not), but they ARE being treated differently. If 2 million bloggers have gone to the same place it may be because there is something worth saying. Are you tuning it out anyway? Pathetic is denial of reality when it slaps you in the face repeatedly from 2 million directions.

  • November 22, 2014 at 1:50pm

    We have so many laws and regulations with the force of law on the books that they may be selectively enforced. Prosecutorial discretion is a fact of life, and there are so many laws now that everyone is a lawbreaker of some sort. Ignorance of the last 3 felonies you committed is not a defense. If they tried to arrest and convict everyone who is guilty, everyone would be locked up in jail- including the police, judges, and guards. So, as a practical matter they don’t even try unless you get their attention. Being of the wrong political opinions and speaking up- with an audience listening- may be enough in some circles to have someone investigated to see what they can turn up on them.

    Shades of the Soviet Union? The deeper problem is how many people seem OK with this state of affairs.

    There is broad public agreement: we don’t like the idea of some people getting away with crimes, getting a free pass because of rich parents or something else. A liberal beloved of Hollywood or a liberal politician is another story, isn’t it? The crimes that don’t get attention don’t scream hypocrisy to the general public precisely because they are not given attention by the people who give the public the information to make informed judgements. Yet another sign of a tamed and controlled media, isn’t it?
    Doesn’t explain the lack of Twitterstorms though.
    If we don’t have rule of law, what do we have?
    Law for political opponents, get out of jail cards for allies?

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