One day last while watching the NRA convention I watched Wayne LaPiere preaching a sermon to his audience. During his oration he advised his listeners that the Pentagon was preventing its military men and women from sharing their (Christian) religion with other members. LaPiere concluded this segment with emphasis, “ladies and gentlemen, you can’t make stuff like this up.” Well as might be expected, LaPiere is guilty of disseminating false information. After reading the USA TODAY article my memory was jolted. As far back as the 1960- 1970s, we experienced the rise of what seemed like a Christian Evangelical movement that saw soldiers carrying Bibles and responding with biblical scripture to lawful orders from superior officers and noncoms. These soldiers gathered as many of their contemporaries as would listen for short “sermons.” These sermons were conducted during the active periods where military operations were conducted. It was disruptive and seriously hampered the days work goals. It was particularly disconcerting during my Viet Nam experience as many of these individuals would not carry their assigned weapons. LaPiere’s charge is first, phony and clearly intended to indict the President and his Military establishment. Second, LaPiere’s indictment clearly indicates that this clown has yet to serve in the military; had he served in any branch of the military, especially in a superior supervisory position, he would realize that the behavior I describe above is detrimental to the lives of those around them and runs contrary to military order and discipline. I had one young soldier (with eyes widely stretched and Bible waving) advise me that ‘God had called him to Texas’ (I was assigned to Ft. Riley, Kansas at the time) upon being returned by military police after being Absent Without Leave (AWOL) for two weeks. Anyway, I thought the article below @ the link below will provide information contrary to the unsubstantiated gibberish of Wayne LaPiere.
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Last week, I noticed a Gallup Poll that stated that “More Americans Want a More Equal Distribution of the Wealth” I have been ruminating over this poll and finally I felt that something must be said in reference to what American’s want. First, wishes for a more equitable distribution of the wealth will continue to be just that until America’s shrinking middle class wake the hell up and stop buying that bullshit cool aid that says, “work hard, play the game right, stay out of trouble, and you can make it” Yeah right, just what the hell is “it”? Moreover; America’s middle classes and below are currently in self-destruct mode, that is; notice the growth of so-called “right-to-work” law states. This is the destruction of American unions which, as history informs, is mainly responsible for the rise of America’s middle class, from the early days of violent demonstrations and protests for wages, benefits and the like into the 1970s when the wages of middle class America begin the long decline. America’s middle and lower classes have begun to realize that they are, and have been, getting royally screwed, BUT folks, guess what, there is little they can do about it. They are at the mercy at the owners of the means of production, which, in the name of lowering costs, and increasing profits, they have sent most of the former middle and lower class jobs–off shore. America should have seen this coming when former Rust Belt employers decided to move their plants into the “right-to-work states of America’s south. And no, stop crying about the various trade agreements. Employers, for you capitalists, made the decisions to off shore your jobs because in the “cost-effective” calculus, LABOR is the greatest costs of doing business, even with the invasion of low waged immigrants doing America’s labor. Moreover; here’s a news flash for America’s currently unemployed middle class
Oh my, the article at the above URS caught my attention and, as a professor emeritus of American government and public policy, the fur on the back of my neck instantly stood up. Reading through the cited curriculum is like reading some of the indoctrinations of some country’s recent past. What is most disturbing is that it gets youngsters at their most critical stages in their young lives. Notice that the 9th & 12th graders can spread their learning to whomever will listen. Somehow, I was under the impression that “Homeschool” was about parents who would undertake the education of their offspring. Under the Ron Paul thing, some “bestselling author” will be “teaching”?? or indoctrinating student participants. I would really like to see the course content materials. I thought this country had long since gotten beyond the old “Americanism vs. Communism”But apparently we haven’t in some corners. Some of you might wonder at what “Austrian economics” is. It is a school of theoretical thought that is used to support arguments in opposition to the existence of the Federal Reserve, and government spending, (etc); consistent with Ron Paul’s public political rantings. It rejects Keynesian economic theory. I won’t get into the weeds on specifics of the Austrian school of economics. All I ask is that you read the article and give it some thought. It is one thing to emphasize a particular school of thought in a course that includes economics, it is another when a single school of thought is provided without reference to other schools. That is the difference between inoctrination and education. Good luck.
After reading the article at the URL cited above and posting it and comment to my facebook, I received responses that prompted me to further comment and raise the question, “Why do most Americans see Communists as “the enemy?”
This has long been a problem with American world view. That which may be in opposition to the U.S.its ethos, and its capitalist democracy is “the enemy” That said, it seems that an objective assessment of the man’s (Marx) work is beyond us. And those, among us, who acknowledge the work of Marx, Engel, and/or Lenin for its academic excellence are tagged with the labels “red, commie, pinko, lefty” and other derogatory terms that speak more to the ignorance of the name caller than to the person being labeled. No, I am not a communist, socialist nor do I belong to either of their organizations. I do, however, appreciate having learned of Marx’s writings and find them useful for comparative purposes. It is also unfortunate that comparison is a little valued subject in the America’s educational process which finds us victim to such U.S. propaganda as “exceptionalism.” and its positive aspects without consideration of the negative that accompanies the existence of the theory. Sad, indeed. So, I guess that in the minds of those who might read this commentary, I am and will forever remain, “the enemy” but, believe me, I will lose little sleep over the addition of another label to my person.
My thanks to Al Jazeera for it excellent reporting on the North Korean Mouse (Mouth?) that roared. I find this story and the North Korean leader, Kim Jong un bordering on near comedy. This in view of the fact that during my military career, I served a tour in South Korea (1963-64) when North Korea was ruled by the grandfather, Kim il Sung. And believe me, the grandson cannot hold a candle to the grandfather. Check out the article and video at the link cited below:
In an effort to demonstrate his leadership this young man just might launch one of his missiles on some U.S. facility in the Pacific. In such a consideration the question becomes whether or not Kim and his military command are “rational” actors. And here the term “rational” does not have anything to do with mental state. The term refers to the extent to which an actor considers and measures costs versus benefits of a given action, that is; would a missile strike against some U.S. facility result in some greater benefit over the cost of such a venture. And how great is the margin of one over the other, the spread between the two notwithstanding. The greater the spread, the greater likelihood that the actor will act. After reading the story at the above cited link, consider whether or not North Korea is rational.
State Senator Gaetz (R Florida) is correct in his assertion that “teacher” evaluation makes little or no sense. When will America stop scapegoating the classroom professionals. When will she end the use of the term “teacher” to identify those professionals who struggle with getting students to “LEARN”? Some 10-12 years into my classroom experience I had an epiphany. I could not “teach” my students. I realized that my responsibility was to be thoroughly knowledgeable in my subject area and to present course content in a manner that addressed the diverse “learning” styles of my students in as clear a manner as was possible. After that, what happened with students was out of my control. That is, a student will choose to either receive the information provided, process it, and do what is necessary for him/her to “LEARN” on the other hand, he/she, for whatever reason, may choose not to assimilate/process information. In the former instance, he/she will “pass” the course; in the later, he/she will fail. If this is true, is the “teacher” responsible for the “choices” students make? Does America not saddle the “teacher” with the responsibility for student behavior over which he/she has no control? It is pass time that American parents stop behaving as though they have no skin in the game. It is also time that children, beginning with pre-K, be informed that they are responsible for their education/learning; that will go a long way toward improving “education” in America. Wake up America, get on board.
Folks, please use your heads; pay attention to the arguments made by the president (David Keene) of the NRA and his supporters. They couch their arguments, regardless, as an attack on the 2nd Amendment. They continue to assert that pro-gun reformers want to take their “assault rifles.” Nothing is further from the truth, folks, the horse is out of the barn. Keene and his minions argue that the classification of weapons as “assault” is confused; Keene argues that it is a matter of appearance. “The appearance of the M 15/AR 15 are one in the same weapon with the exception that the that the M-16 has a selector switch that allows for automatic/semi-automatic methods of fire, however; remove the selector switch, apply a well-polished wooden stock and fore grips makes this weapon acceptable, but, Keene argues, replace the stock and fore grips with something ‘black’ and policymakers take issue. Folks, let us understand one thing; the arguments made by the NRA and its supporters are nothing more than window dressing that covers and deflects from the realities associated with the AR-15 (Bush Master). The rifle, (as M-16) was developed during the Viet Nam conflict. It was quite a difference from the 9.3 pound,
7.62 millimeter (close to 30 caliber) weapon that was extremely heavy and made being armed with one in the thick underbrush of the South Vietnamese jungles next to dysfunctional. The M-16, (.223 caliber) 5-6 pounds when loaded with a 20 round quick change magazine was ideal combat in Viet Nam. The small caliber and reduced killing power of the smaller round was overcome by a very large shell casing that, when fired, produced an extremely high velocity projectile. And here is the important fact that the NRA and its supporters fail to mention. The M-16 .223 caliber weapon was designed for the express purpose of killing and/or severely disabling the enemy. Unfortunately, the rounds fired by this weapon were so light (in weight) that when fired in dense underbrush were deflected by the limbs and branches on the way to the target. This was overcome by the automatic function that simply blanketed an area with projectiles which, enough sprayed in the direction of the target would yield the desired result. THE RESULT was horrific. The light projectile when entering the body at such high velocity and light weight produced the most horrible wounds that one can imagine. One was luck if the round entered the body and passed through without hitting a bone. Hitting a bone would cause the round to deflect and take a different direction IN THE BODY. It was horrible; I once saw a North Vietnamese soldier who had been hit in the left side of his neck. With all of the bones in the neck, the round was deflected upward and exited the right side of what was once his head and face. The short of it? The AR-15 Bushmaster is the semi-automatic version of the military’s M-16 and is designed for one thing, to kill a human being. I have hunted and cannot, to this day, figure out what one would be hunting. The caliber is too small for anything larger than a rabbit, a coyote, maybe. Unless one is expert at getting off many rounds semi-automatically, into the same place, the value of this weapon as a hunting rifle is questionable. Hit a so-called “varmit” results in a blob of less than disquishable
flesh. For many of you, this is probably the first, and only, time you will be exposed to the realities associated with the AR-15 Bushmaster. Finally, it’s popularity has to do with its very light weight; a child can carry and fire it. The easy (quick) trigger pull and rate of fire almost guarantees a hit on target; yea. The purpose of this weapon is to kill human beings upon contact. Hunting, and target shooting? Maybe, target shooting to perfect the likelihood of shooting another human being. Please do not be fooled by the specious assertions and fact less claims posited by the NRA and its more extreme supporters. It is important that I leave you with this; I am currently, and have been for some time a member of the NRA, however; I do not subscribe to their disingenuous (at best) doctrine designed to pull the wool over its membership under the guise of “constitutional rights” but is, in reality the shill for America’s arms industry.