Rights and Government, Take Two. — The Writer in Black

When I wrote about how Rights have to exist independently of any particular government in order to exist at all, I thought that with only a little explanation it would be obvious. That the “government grants rights” concept was something that people believe mainly because they just haven’t thought through the consequences of that position. […]

Rights and Government, Take Two. — The Writer in Black

If the only rights you have are those granted by government than no government can ever be said to violate “human rights.” The rights, after all, are what the government says they are, neither more nor less. 

School Attacks 2019, #6: Saving Lives?

“The Purdue study credits those that support “run and hide” drills, and other security measures previously mentioned in this series, but notes that their methods do not assess actual data from past attacks, nor do they serve to stop attackers.”

Run / Hide / Fight is taught to Los Angeles city workers. It would be nice if there were supporting data.

Stately McDaniel Manor

To find the articles in this updated series, enter “School Attacks 2019” in the search bar of the SMM home page.

One More Question:

In researching this updated series, I ran across a number of naysayers whose arguments went more or less like this:

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Data Fails: Do We Care?

“The first time I was presented with a research based, brilliant new/old scheme, I asked a number of impertinent questions, like ‘do you have the data sets and methodology of the study?’ I was told that people like me didn’t need to know that kind of advanced information and wouldn’t be able to understand it anyway, so ‘shut up,’ they explained. That pretty much said it all about the brilliance and validity of the “study” and the scheme, which was as useless–and as damaging to children–as one might imagine.”


Einstein once said, if you can’t explain the science to a fifth-grader, you don’t know it yourself.

Stately McDaniel Manor

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Among the more recent educational fads is the idea that anything “researched-based” is brilliant, unassailable, and therefore, worth tens, even hundreds of thousands to implement in any school district, thereby magically improving student achievement by previously unimaginable margins.  The term is commonly used to pass off previously failed bad ideas, by changing a few terms, adding a few new acronyms, and claiming to have conducted a study proving beyond any possible doubt the efficacy of the retreaded, failed idea.

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SWATting A House

If abuses like this keep up, sooner or later, qualified immunity is going to go away.

Stately McDaniel Manor

Competent, honorable police officers always do their utmost to avoid unnecessarily damaging private property.  When they serve search warrants, they don’t take the opportunity to utterly trash people’s homes.  Even in emergency situations like a barricaded gunman, they prefer to do as little damage as possible.  That wasn’t the case in Greenwood Village, Colorado in June of 2015, however, as Fox News reports:

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Is it Climate Socialism – or Eco-fascism?

[Green New Dealers] are climate change deniers, who say Earth’s climate is stable and can be kept stable by controlling minor factors (human carbon dioxide and methane emissions) and ignoring water vapor (the dominant greenhouse gas) and fluctuations in solar energy, cosmic rays, clouds, oceanic circulation, volcanoes, planetary orbits and other powerful natural forces that have brought climate changes throughout history.

Source: Is it Climate Socialism – or Eco-fascism?

Part I: The faux grounds for Trump’s impeachment and his perfect defenses — Bookworm Room

The Dem’s have no statutory basis to demand Trump’s impeachment — and Trump has valid defenses to charges that his Ukraine dealings were an abuse of power. This will be a two part post. Part I deals with the law relating to impeachment. Part II will deal with how the Senate should handle the trial…

Part I: The faux grounds for Trump’s impeachment and his perfect defenses — Bookworm Room

About Fecal Matter Depression Countries

Three weeks after college, I flew to Senegal, West Africa, to run a community center in a rural town.  Life was placid, with no danger, except to your health.  That danger was considerable, because it was, in the words of the Peace Corps doctor, “a fecalized environment.”

In plain English: s— is everywhere.  People defecate on the open ground, and the feces is blown with the dust – onto you, your clothes, your food, the water.  He warned us the first day of training: do not even touch water.  Human feces carries parasites that bore through your skin and cause organ failure.

Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined that a few decades later, liberals would be pushing the lie that Western civilization is no better than a third-world country.  Or would teach two generations of our kids that loving your own culture and wanting to preserve it are racism.

What I Learned in the Peace Corps in Africa: Trump Is Right

And then there’s the reaction to al-Baghdadi’s death

Lindsey Graham says “This is a moment where President Trump’s worst critics should say, ‘Well done, Mr. President.’” That Lindsey Graham, always making with the jokes. Because obviously that’s not going to happen. And as proof, we have: Trump went into “irresponsible” detail when he described the raid, Pelosi’s complaint that Trump told the Russians but not her and her Congressional band of leakers and carpers, Richard Engel saying the Kurds are still pissed, criticism of the situation room photo, and my own (and perhaps everyone’s) personal favorite : There are many ways to describe a terror leader in a headline.

Source: And then there’s the reaction to al-Baghdadi’s death

Why are you so obsessed with… A Blast from the Past — The Writer in Black

Whenever folk like me object to erosion of long-held rights, people often ask why we’re “obsessed” with that right, why it’s so important. Why we’re not more worried about whatever other thing they bring up as a distraction. It’s actually not hard to understand. There is a tale I heard told about the ancient Greek […]

Why are you so obsessed with… A Blast from the Past — The Writer in Black