Words are not violence

Young Christopher Machold has trouble understanding the English language (and, perhaps all language) when he accuses the NRA of using language in a “frightening way.” The Frightening Way the NRA Just Co-Opted the Term “Hate Speech”

When the lines of these categories are blurred and our understanding of what constitutes violence is so contorted, it becomes possible to unironically argue that the answer to speech you don’t like is hurting people.

It’s shocking that he makes the same case that the video makes that he is attempting to refute. He, like so many of his generation, confusedly assumes that somehow the video is a call for violence. If the young man understood English, he would see that the video makes the very case against violence that he mistakenly makes against his malformed idea of what the the video communicates.

The fact that young Christopher Machol does not like the NRA does not mean that the NRA constitutes a call to violence. If young Christopher understood language, he might understand that the natural right to be armed (protected by the Second Amendment) is a safeguard against violence.

Oh, Roundup! 

The city of Petaluma in California recently stopped using roundup in parks and school grounds. The result was a 1700% increase in cost of weed control, and a new requirement for operators to wear respirators (unnecessary with roundup which is less toxic than vinegar) while spraying with the far more toxic organic alternatives.

Matt Ridley

http://www.rationaloptimist.com/blog/roundup-or-glyphosate/

Let’s stop calling them “refugees”

The Syrian, so called, “refugees” are not actually “refugees.” A refugee will at least attempt to go home after the crisis is over. A “immigrant” comes to stay.

Let’s just call them “immigrants” or “crisis immigrants” or “emergency immigrants.” But let’s be done with this “refugee” nonsense.

When mass murders go off the rails

Campus stabber’s manifesto included ‘praise for Allah,’ plan for beheading | Fox News

The pertinent quote:
“He was banking on the fear factor. …His plan went haywire because people fought back,” Warnke said. “He got so befuddled at the activities that happened; it took the script away from him.”

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PBS: Teacher’s union endorses Clinton

PBS: Teacher’s union endorses Clinton. http://google.com/newsstand/s/CBIwu5OJlSA

WASHINGTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton has won the endorsement of the American Federation of Teachers. It’s the first major labor union to make an endorsement in the 2016 presidential campaign.

The president of the union, Randi Weingarten, says in a statement Saturday that Clinton is the “champion working families need in the White House.”

Liars who endorse liars. Nice. Birds of a feather need to stick together.

Teachers unions are about power and money – never about education. Power like that can only come through state enforced monopoly. Monopoly is what teachers unions need Democratic Socialists like Hillary Clinton for.

Blinding Flash of the Obvious – Parents Are Important

“We think that parents play an important scaffolding role, helping their children to make more thoughtful decisions,” said Eva Telzer, a professor of psychology at the University of Illinois and the lead author of the study

Having mom in the car changes teen driver’s brain | Fox News

duh.

Crazy Islamic Theory About the Source of ISIS

ISIS As ‘Zionist Enterprise’: Some Muslims in the Middle East insist the Islamic State is an Israeli-funded project despite any evidence that would suggest that.

You really ought to suffer through the whole thing. It’s quite insane.

Now here’s something depressingly predictable: A meme in the Middle Eastern media that ISIS is the creation of Israeli intelligence. More, really: that ISIS isn’t merely an Israeli project intended to disgrace the Muslims, but something essentially Jewish, something actually—to quote one of our exhibits—”Talmudic.”

Let’s note up front that “ISIS as a Zionist Enterprise” is only one of numerous competing memes in the region’s media concerning this ongoing disaster, and that observers appear on Arab TV stations seeking to explain ISIS in terms of the region’s own culture, its failed politics, and even in terms of Islam. But the lure of a Great Conspiracy as an all-purpose explanation remains irresistible to many in the region; it strikes a popular chord because it seems to explain everything in terms of one party that is satanically guileful, while exonerating everybody else except the party that is always guilty anyway. All the clips linked below are from the Middle East Media Research Institute, which also supplied the translations.

Sony, The Interview and North Korea

So, it appears that North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un (hereafter referred to as Krazy Kim) hired some hackers to jack Sony servers, release a bunch of personal trash and get a movie release canceled. Nice. That’s SO “Communist Dictator Play Book” material. All of the Great Leaders who have gone before would just love that.

From CNN: “The movie’s plot involves the attempted assassination of North Korean dictator [Krazy Kim].”

Anyway, now there is this movie setting on servers at Sony, and thousands of copies (on whatever media studios ship movies to theaters on) out there that I had no interest in seeing…. But now I have to!

I predict that a copy will escape, get bootlegged and become the most watched movie of 2015, and an instant cult classic – even if it is terrible… Especially if it was terrible!

I am already imagining the official press release from Sony Studios with angry language about the criminals who released a copy of their intellectual property and the criminals who continue to copy and distribute the material and calling for legal action and threats…. Yes, “don’t watch this illegally obtained movie. That will make us very, very angry. Don’t do it!”

I wonder if they will re-edit the movie before it “somehow” gets “leaked?”

Archaeology that sounds to good to be true, probably is

Questions To Ask of Sensational Stories in Biblical Archaeology

Every now and again a sensational story related to biblical archaeology hits the headlines. (This week it was this one.) It’s not long before I receive emails asking about the authenticity of the alleged discovery. To help my readers better discern whether they are dealing with a potentially legitimate discovery or not, I suggest that the following questions be asked as you read the report.

  • Does this discovery sound too good to be true? If so, it’s probably bogus.
  • It is reported by a news source you’ve never heard of? If so, it’s probably bogus.
  • Does it cite archaeologists that you’ve never heard before and don’t appear on a Google search? If so, it’s probably bogus.

Green. Kills.

Why birds are igniting in midair over Calif.

Wildlife experts say that at least 1,000 and as many as 28,000 birds will die within a year, and Grist reports that the plant has had problems with tortoises as well — scores of them were uprooted from their homes when the plant was constructed, Businessweek reported in 2012.

Quote: How guns are viewed in Chicago

“There is a common assumption in Chicago that guns are the equivalent of free-roaming cobras, being lethal and unmanageable by any means except elimination.”
– Steve Chapman, Reason.com

“Demolishing Guns and Common Sense” http://feedly.com/k/1g6xfet