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No Excuses: Guns and Faith

 

We’ve arrived! My husband and I have taken a road trip, and the first part of our agenda is attending the Couples for Liberty five-day workshop at Hillsdale College—lessons on shooting guns and on understanding the Constitution. We originally signed up for the workshop in May, but we had court dates assigned for the same time and we had to be there. But we found out there were two slots open for Hillsdale’s September workshop. They let us make the switch, and we were delighted–

–until a few weeks ago I realized that Yom Kippur fell during the same week. (I thought I also had a conflict with Rosh Hashanah, but there wasn’t a scheduling problem.)

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Police Lives Matter. So Does My Life.

 

Matthew Walter suggests in The Week that the only proper response to the (very) questionable killing of Botham Jean by an off-duty Dallas police officer is to disarm the cops.

I think we should consider the possibility of a return to a style of policing in which officers do not, under ordinary circumstances, carry guns or wear black body armor. Bandying weapons around is not the best way to promote respect for the law.

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On Carrying a Gun in Israel

 

Yes, it’s about self-defense but, then again, it’s also about love. Carrying a gun in Israel, that is.

In Israel, at least for me, carrying a gun, besides allowing an immediate response to potential terrorist acts, is an expression of love for those around me, my extended Jewish family. And when you love those around you, you not only want to protect them in every possible way but you want them to feel protected, too.

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David French of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America applaud the West Virginia legislature for impeaching four of the state’s five state supreme court justices for gross mismanagement of taxpayer dollars. They also roll their eyes as the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upholds a California law requiring any guns subsequently purchased in the state must include features that don’t actually exist. And they unload on “conservatives” from Michael Gerson to Steve Schmidt, who contend that conservatives need to vote for Democrats because supposedly the only way to save the Republican Party is to burn it to the ground.

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Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for August 1, 2018 it is number 186!!! and we call it the “Illegal Printer” edition of the show. We are your 3D printed hosts – totally within the law – radio guy Todd Feinburg and A.I. guy Mike Stopa here, as every week, to read between the lines, dive into the text and explain to you the fine print of the events (some political, some not) of the day.

This week we give a brief account of California burning to the ground which, if you live here like I do, is pretty unfunny. And then we launch into our two topics. This week, we consider the Harvard-Harris poll, recently released, showing that the primary issue of concern to 38% of the electorate heading toward the 2018 midterms is illegal immigration. 51% of conservatives place it at number 1. 36% of swing voters do.

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Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political podcast number 176 (gads!) it’s the Lib on Lib edition of the show with you Conservative on Conservative hosts Todd Feinburg, radio guy, and Mike Stopa, nano-artificial-intelligencist. Welcome. Yes, welcome!

This week we discuss the lovely noises and gnashing of teeth that ensues when liberals face off against other liberals. In a couple of elections in the northeast (Massachusetts and Connecticut to be exact) two Black/Latino/gay politicians and labor organizers are squaring off against the white Democrat establishment in the state. These two challengers – Ayanna Pressley against sitting congressman Mike Capuano and Eva Bermudez Simmerman against Susan Bysiewicz for CT lieutenant governor – have decided to just wander off – Wander Off! – the Democrat plantation, *They* say that the Democrats are not doing enough for Blacks and Latinos! *They* say that Blacks and Latinos owe no special allegiance to the Democrat Party.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America take aim at three examples of egregious media bias. They start with the heroism of Dixon High School (Ill.) school resource officer Mark Dallas, who saved countless lives in a would-be school shooting this week, yet the media glossed over the story since there was no body count and they have little interest in highlighting the effectiveness of a resource officer willing to engage the shooter. They also slam the press for selectively quoting President Trump to make it seem he was referring to immigrants as “animals” when he was responding specifically to comment about the vicious Latin American gang MS-13. And they throw up their hands as Hamas admits most of the people killed along the Israeli border were armed Hamas members and not random civilians and the media show no interest in reporting it.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America recoil at the horror of four people killed in a Tennessee mass shooting, but the shock turns to anger at the news that authorities took away the shooter’s guns last year, left them with his dad under orders to keep the guns locked up, but the dad gave the weapons back to the shooter. At the same time, they marvel at the heroism of James Shaw, Jr., who attacked and disarmed the shooter without any weapons of his own. And they discuss Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker’s “endorsement” of Marsha Blackburn in the race to replace him – in what might be the most pathetic endorsement we’ve ever seen.

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Steven Spielberg’s Guns

 

Anyone here see Ready Player One yet? I wound up seeing it twice in as many days but due more to scheduling SNAFU’s than anything else. Spoilers follow so if you want to see it skip the rest of this. More

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Alexandra DeSanctis of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America cheer Vice President Pence for going to North Dakota and hammering Sen. Heidi Heitkamp for her liberal votes on health care, taxes, abortion, energy and more – in a sign the Republicans are getting on message early in the states with the best pickup opportunities. They also take aim at Heitkamp’s attempt to look strong on the second amendment after the senator makes a pathetic attempt to liken passion for gun rights similar to passion for abortion rights. And they slam “Fire and Fury” author Michael Wolff, who is now admitting he is an observer rather than a journalist and says his job “has nothing to do with the truth.”

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Civics Lesson

 

Before we start the lesson, I want to recognize those of you who took part in the March for Our Lives on Saturday. I think a discussion of how to address the problems brought up by the march will help you understand the unit we are covering today. Let’s start out by brainstorming some solutions to […]

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School walkout field report

 

The sainted Mrs. O’Shea teaches middle school in a suburban/rural area. I asked her how today’s protest was: Art teacher thought it was great, “such a teachable moment” – “How meaningful this was.” More

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