Encore of Revival: America, February 19, 2018

No one likes to read about school shootings. I was in high school when a student shot himself in the head, right in the hallway, Vinnie Garofalo, February 1998. I remember when a college classmate told our student body the reports from his former classmates at Columbine. “They’re dead,” she told him. “They’re all dead.” Now, the Editor needs to write about it and Americans need to read about it, yet again.

The Florida shooting is complicated, it always is. This one has a story behind the shooter that seems more personal than other times. No one claims his story is any alibi. Many heroes were made, both victim and living. One libriarian, Diana Haneski, was inspired by her friend’s heroism from Sandy Hook and protected 55 students by locking them in a media room. An assistant coach, Aaron Feis, protected three girls by shielding them with his own body, he did not survive.

Tragedy strikes. We reflect and ask why. Then we second guess ourselves and wish that we would have loved each other more and sooner. We go home. We cry ourselves to sleep. Then we wake up the next day and prepare to march for action. So, let’s talk action.

Emma Gonzales is right, in a sense even the minds of gun owners. To the gun owners, the NRA has been largely useless. They aren’t effective at protecting gun owner rights, only at rallying people up. At Columbine and with Michael Moore, the NRA’s reaction was generally useless. Rather than helping the nation navigate through the challenges, they just acted insensitive. The NRA’s Twitter account hasn’t posted since Valentine’s Day, when the Florida shooting happened, not even sympathy to the families. This seems to have been a “silencer” for the NRA. Politicians who receive money from that over-spiced “nothing burger” organization should be ashamed.

As for action, since we act like we’re ready for a candid conversation, let’s take off the gloves. Before you decide to click “next”, finish the next two paragraphs.

Why are we in deadlock about guns? As strong—and correct—of an argument as Emma Gonzales makes, there is another strong point that must be included in our united path forward. It’s the “elephant” in the living room, the reason we can’t finish the debate, which no one wants to so much as even mention. The dirty, politically incorrect, and inconclusive—mind you—little secret about why guns remain widely available on the market has three big beans: Russia, China, and ISIS. The wide-availability of guns in America is the only reason those countries—ISIS is a country—have not already invaded and killed millions of Americans—just as their governments have killed millions of their own people who aren’t allowed to possess guns. That’s our excuse that keeps us in deadlock over the gun debate—a deadlock that killed 17 people last Valentine’s Day.

The problem is not the Second Amendment itself, but that we only enforce half of it. We need the rest of the Second Amendment—the Militia army of civilians—a high school class with accommodation for handicapped and learning disabled, different standards for different gender, and it would be a requirement for every student in order to graduate and in order to vote in elections. The high school Militia course would teach self-discipline, readiness, hand-to-gun combat, safety in every situation, gun handling and discharge, emergency response, teamwork, and, like all military training, self-respect and self-sacrifice for others. If Nikolas Cruz had been required to graduate high school before he could buy a gun, he wouldn’t have been able to. If he had been required to get the mentoring a high school Militia class would have provided, he wouldn’t have wanted to.

That idea has been presented before by many people before. But, we don’t hear about it from the NRA. We didn’t want to have such a candid discussion about applying the whole of the Constitution—which would keep us safe from enemies, both foreign and domestic, if we would simply obey it to the full. We were too distracted with other news. So, since those other news items that we bicker about were worth the lives of 17 students, let’s take a review of the news items atop headlines in the days before the Valentine’s Day Massacre…

The Obama portraits, while acceptable, are intended to draw attention. The Smithsonian has more expressive art of Ford and HW Bush, more radical than the Michelle interpretation. Contrary to folk wisdom, the woman in the painting does resemble Michelle in those rare moments when she drops that goofy, fake smile for her natural “serious” face. It’s not that strange, as strange as it seems. But, the hue of the leaves in Obama’s piece and the street-art worthy style of Michelle evince an intent to use the presidential portraits as an opportunity to make some kind of statement. Whether that is right or wrong is up for debate, but they are trying to make a statement.

As for the leaves, to claim that they are marijuana is to claim either that the artist is botanically inept or that oneself is. The leaf in the picture more resembles the Ohio State “buckeye leaf”, which has been confused by the botanically inept in the past.

Michael Flynn was pursued by Obama’s leftover administration as retribution for endorsing Trump. It is said one should never hire friends. Hiring Flynn was a mistake, not because Flynn wasn’t up to the job of fighting in the wolf den—which he apparently wasn’t—but because it promoted him from being a target to being an easy target. In the end, however, Michael Flynn will learn just as Sarah Palin did, after being tossed to the wolves. And, the hostile takeover of Flynn’s life will be an alarm in itself to call out the folks to find out just what in the world was going on in the Obama administration that allowed this to happen. Flynn will come back to haunt the Democrats and bureaucrats.

George Soros has been dumping money into local DA elections that would normally elect Republicans. His candidates have been winning. Democrats and their voters who don’t stand against Soros will lose all credibility when next time they complain about the Koch brothers. While many Republican voters will be alarmed—and probably roused to a wrath those DAs will not want to face—the more interesting effect will be their tendency to self-destruct. People artificially propped into power rarely last, especially when they come from different stock.

…But, there’s nothing like a school shooting to put our priorities about the news in perspective.

Florida School Shooting

These are the victims of the Florida school shooting | CNN

These are the heroes of the Florida school shooting | CNN

Florida shooting: Librarian who saved 55 ‘knew what to do because her friend survived Sandy Hook’ | Independent

Florida school shooting timeline | Fox News

Florida school shooting: Students to march on Washington | BBC

Soros Election Funding

The ‘Staggering’ Campaign of Liberal Billionaire George Soros to Swing Local Prosecutor Elections | Daily Signal

Billionaire Soros Funds Local Prosecutor Races | WSJ

Soros PAC Continues Routing Funds to Local District Attorney Races | Truth in Media

George Soros Quietly Poured $100K Into Local DA Race Without Anybody Knowing | Daily Caller

Soros Spending Big Money Against Texas DA Who Opposes Sanctuary Cities | Daily Caller

Soros Funded 12 Liberal District Attorney Candidates, 10 Won | News Max

George Soros’ quiet overhaul of the U.S. justice system | Politico

George Soros Is Funding Elections of Leftist Local District Attorneys Across the US | Need to Know

George Soros/Political activity | Ballotpedia


Feds Collect Record Taxes in First Month Under Tax Cut; Run Surplus in January | CNS News

How Wall Street’s ‘fear gauge’ is being rigged, according to one whistleblower | Market Watch

Michael Flynn

The Curious Michael Flynn Guilty Plea | National Review

Byron York: Comey told Congress FBI agents didn’t think Michael Flynn lied | WA Examiner

What’s the Story Behind Flynn’s Plea Deal? | Just Security

Was Michael Flynn’s prosecution part of an FBI-led witch-hunt? | The Rebel

One of the Most Gigantic Political Scandals of Our Lifetime | Rush Limbaugh

Presidential Portraits

Obamas’ official portraits unveiled | CNN

Don’t look for Obama’s official portrait anytime soon | WA Post

Marijuana vs. Ohio State Buckeyes leaf: Jonas-Boggionis pulled over after decal confused for pot | NBC – WPTV5


On Law Enforcement, Sheriffs Rate Trump’s First Year an ‘A-Plus’ | Daily Signal

Trump Makes Gains Ahead of Midterms but Risks Remain for GOP | Morning Consult

Vanessa Trump taken to hospital as precaution after white powder sent to her home | MSNBC

Trump’s anger boils over with Russia probe | The Hill


Preparing for war in the north, Israel boosts air defenses | Jerusalem Post

Israel Police Recommend Charging Prime Minister Netanyahu With Bribery in Two Cases | Haaretz

Social & Media Changes

Inside the Two Years that Shook Facebook—and the World | Wired

CNN, Despite Trump Bump, Prepares for Dozens of Layoffs | Vanity Fair

Less-cool Facebook losing youth at fast pace: survey | AFP

Michael Jackson’s family is furious with Quincy Jones | Page Six

Is Bieber’s sexy pastor just using him for fame? | NY Post