Why did students who had everything: looks, fine grades, popularity, social acceptance, leadership in school society, most any girl, have to torture those who had the least?

“The shooting forced a national conversation about school safety, SWAT tactics, mental health and gun control…”

But it has never been addressed, from my recollection, why students who had everything: looks, fine grades, popularity, social acceptance, leadership in school society, most any girl, had to torture those who had the least!

Caveat: To protect myself from being “Omared,” I want to make clear that all the issues raised in the article are of the highest and critical importance. That raising another unmentioned issue that could be knee-jerkedly taken to imply blame on the victims, is not to reflect badly on the victims of the shootings. They are victims of a society in which having everything is so not enough, that some who do have everything have to pick on the most vulnerable!

Yahoo News:

For Columbine survivors, life is about finding ‘that new normal’ 20 years later

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My Border Deal for Eternity

What do you think?

In exchange for comprehensive immigration reform, including all humanitarian dream positions to include:

  • Unlimited protection for Dreamers.
    • Amnesty for all illegals subject to fair examination of criminal activity – illegal left-turns, or even illegal right-turns, will not disqualify.

    • Reasonable path to citizenship – the same residency for legal arrivals.

    • Generous policy for asylum seekers, Whatever I can’t think of at the moment …

    • Well, how about fair requirements for legal immigration from everywhere in the world, especially Mexico.

    In exchange, give him as much for a brick and mortar wall as he wants: 10 billion, 20 billion, 50 billion, 100 billion, whatever.

    It would be worth it! Nancy Pelosy fine with it! In my fantasy, Mitch McConnell and the Senate on board:

    Trump WOULDN’T take it.

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How will Dishonorable Evangelicals Respond if Kavanaugh is Approved?

Kavanaugh has just been approved for a floor vote in the Senate. Before its too late, and hopefully he’s rejected, I want to make my prediction before the issue is decided.

[My analysis applies only to Evangelicals, the dishonorable ones, who have turned a blind eye to all the trepidations of those they support to get what they want.]

The facile view is that Evangelical Republican supporters of Kavanaugh will out of appreciation to Republicans for getting them what they want so much, rally to their support. That despite having given up their souls.

I am hoping that they want their souls back, or at least a rationalization to substitute for delusions that they have souls, that I very much doubt that they ever had. If Kavanaugh is put on the Court they will have gotten what they wanted. Hopefully, a guaranteed 5 – 4 on the Court will be enough. In November, some of them will have the chance to get back the appearance of having souls. They cannot be unaware of the stark contradictions between what they have always claimed to stand for. These people did not turn a blind eye to the character and deeds of Donald Trump. I believe that they were, and are exquisitely aware of every violation of themselves, or at least what they stood for – or imagined they stood for – that they made to get their pet desire.

My hope – from my mouth to Gd’s ear – is that to redeem their souls – or at least to believe again that they have souls – having gotten what they gave them up for, and not having the Court purpose anymore, will withdraw their involvement – or even vote morally – in the upcoming election.

That, unless they want to gild the lilly to insure a 6 – 3 Court.

[The above is not a broad brush applying to all Evangelicals, but only to those who have violated the moral positions that they have stood for since time immemorial to get what they want.]

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The Key to Trump Chanukah Slurring and Much, if Not All, and Possibly All, Else!

Trump’s slurring during yesterday’s Chanukah message was intentional.

Please notice that any time Trump says anything that he fears his base might not like, he somehow sullies the message. What “somehow” doesn’t matter. A clear message, e.g, honoring Jews, cannot go unfettered. Much of his 32% would not tolerate plain Trump involvement in celebrating a Jewish holiday. Likewise, honoring Navajo Code Talkers with a clean message would not do with supporters who are unsympathetic to American Indians, or outright antagonistic. Here, an insult to an honored Indian, Pocahontas.

This same analysis applies whenever Trump says or does anything politically correct that he may be forced by circumstances to say or do. Anything “right” that his base might not like must be taken back immediately, or soon thereafter, i.e., saying intolerable appropriate things after Charlottesville.

In all these cases, statements or actions offensive to his base must not be allowed to stand. Observe that it is hard to find examples of “politically correct” things being allowed to stand.

So why not apply this observation going forward or indeed, from yesterday. Why take for granted that Trump’s slurring was a genuine problem with his health, or his teeth, or whatever, and only discussing which one. One should know that  behavior sympathetic to Jews can’t be permitted to stand. Here, slurring, especially exaggerated on “God Bless America” is how he changed the subject from honoring Jews to anything else. The question should be, “Did whatever he did or said function to sully his statement or action?” If the answer is no, this would be the first time, perhaps ever, that he let stand something his supporters didn’t like. If yes, go on to explain how this slurring functions in the context. Note, if the slurring were honest, there would be some additional blight present to sully the message. The slurring having been unanticipated.

If the question isn’t asked at all it means our pundits haven’t learned from the virtually unbroken patterns since forever with Donald Trump. Unfortunately, our people haven’t figured this out yet, and I fear, just won’t.

So by slurring his speech in a statement honoring Jews, by acting, or pocketing his dentures, he changed the subject to anything other than honoring Jews. It doesn’t matter how he changed the subject. If he hadn’t somehow, it would set an intolerable precedent.

There is no doubt, he slurred his speech intentionally.​

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The Attack on Roy Moore is a Politically Motivated Witch Hunt: Please Stop Denying the Obvious

​Denying Roy Moore’s defense, by himself and others, that attacks on him are a witch hunt is a stupid gift to the guilty man, enabling deflection away from the  relevant subject: the APPROPRIATE delving into the history of an already known to be reprehensible person.

In answer to the witch hunt defense, don’t allow them to put YOU on the defensive, just say, “YES, it is!” Rather, put THEM on the defensive and say, “Yes, and here’s WHY!

Despite being manifestly disqualified for public office – the list of blatantly obvious reasons is not necessary here – not by things in the past, but by things in the present, and likely to be elected despite that, it is necessary and appropriate to try to stop him.

The witch hunt accusation is unfair and defense appropriate when, absent genuine cause to investigate a person further, or even at all, a search is made to find whatever trash can be found. This is clearly not the case with Roy Moore. It is an appropriate witch hunt warranted by his known contemporary behavior. By the way, don’t get distracted by, “Witches are women not men.” Say, “OK, warlock hunt if you like.”

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Trump Will Attack North Korea With Nukes!

I have been wondering for quite a while what Trump’s plan for war with North Korea is? None of these ideas are new and I have no reason to come to a conclusion now, but the reasoning just seems less and less escapable.

First of all, he has no plan. It is not in his nature to have a plan, not in the ordinary sense, but I am sure he has considered just two possibilities: nuclear war in retaliation or first strike nuclear attack on North Korea by him. Even a conventional war started by them would be followed by a nuclear attack by us. He has made that clear. But he will not allow them to start.

He has no detailed plan, but he expects that an escalation of his rhetoric and reaction by North Korea will lead to the imminent expectation that North Korea will attack, either with conventional weapons or nukes. Whether or not he anticipates or expects anything, his behavior will take him, them, and us to the same place. We will never know which because he cannot allow them to start the war. He will launch a nuclear attack before they can.

His choice is between them first, in whatever manner, and our nuclear retaliation, or our first strike. Retaliation will not do! It must be our first strike because only that will invade the most minds with his presence, even after he and the rest of us are all dead and gone. He has no presence in his own mind; his presence exists only in the minds of others. That is his pathology and our plight.

He will be compelled by his nature to dominate world history – if there is to be any world history – FOREVER!!!

A frightening thought: His competition is not with President Obama, but with the famous and infamous of history. That is, Alexander, Caesar, Gengis Khan, Napoleon, Stalin and … !!!

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The 25th Amendment – Section 4 – Encapsulated (Edited Slightly for Simplification)

– Pence and eight (of fourteen) Cabinet members can declare the President unfit to serve, subject to objection by the President and ratification by Congress:

Whenever … Vice President [Pence] and a majority of … the principal officers of the executive departments [the Cabinet] … transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, … Vice President [Pence] shall IMMEDIATELY ASSUME THE POWERS AND DUTIES OF THE OFFICE AS ACTING PRESIDENT [my caps].

– If the President objects, the VP remains acting President and has FOUR days along with the Cabinet majority to resubmit their declaration:

Thereafter, when the President transmits to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives his written declaration that no inability exists, he shall resume the powers and duties of his office unless the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive department or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit within four days to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.

– If the declaration is resubmitted within 4 days, Pence remains acting President until the Senate and House decide the issue. Congress has 21 days to decide by two-thirds majority vote in both Houses. If not in session, Congress has 48hrs to convene. They then have 21 days to decide while Pence remains acting President. If Congress fails to uphold the declaration, Trump resumes the Presidency:

Thereupon Congress shall decide the issue, assembling within forty-eight hours for that purpose if not in session. If the Congress, within twenty-one days after receipt of the latter written declaration, or, if Congress is not in session, within twenty-one days after Congress is required to assemble, determines by two-thirds vote of both Houses that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall continue to discharge the same as Acting President; otherwise, the President shall resume the powers and duties of his office.

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