The Fifth Stanza

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Dear American Leftists. 

The Fifth Stanza of the Ranger Creed:

"Energetically will I meet the enemies of my country. I shall defeat them on the field of battle for I am better trained and will fight with all my might. Surrender is NOT a Ranger word. I will never leave a fallen comrade to fall into the hands of the enemy and under no circumstances will I ever embarrass my country."

I will stand in public and recite this stanza. 

Will you?


Thinking Aloud - Saturday Morning

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Good Morning Thinkers - L'Shana Tovah! May the Jewish New Year bring you sweetness and prosperity. 

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Do you remember when sports tournaments had loser's brackets and not consolation brackets? Yeah, back in the days when only the winners got trophies.

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Why do female sideline reporters always ask about coaches/players feelings?
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Kamala Harris has never apologized to Justice Kavanaugh for trying to destroy his life.
 
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Ruth Bader Ginsburg will never encounter the souls of the infants that she condemned to die, because the innocent go to Heaven.
 
Today, the left is busy issuing weepy messages about her 'dying wish'.. To wait until after the election to fill her vacancy on the Supreme Court.
 
A dying Supreme Court Justice's wish is sentimental, not Constitutional. McConnell -- Do Your Job!!!
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The FBI Director - and leftist stooge - Christopher Wray warned a Congressional committee yesterday of a Russian disinformation campaign against Joe Biden. Really? Really? Joe is his own disinformation campaign. He also expressed concern about white supremacist violence. Where? All of the violence that I see is coming from Marxists, Anarchists, and Black supremacists. 
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Thinking Aloud - Friday Morning

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Good Morning Thinkers - If Sisyphus had a digital doppleganger, he might look like me. Remote education has a seemingly
endless logistical tail.

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My personal term for 'remote learning' or 'virtual school' is disembodied education. The others are far to sterile.

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I just read an article lauding female STEM graduates for considering more than titles and salary in their job searches. If they sacrifice titles and salary for other considerations initially, how can they have any credibility when they complain about a lack of titles and salary five years later?
 
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The America that is being protested, allows the protest to occur.
The America that is being protested allows the protestors to make the choices they want about the directions that they take with their lives.
The America that is being protested allows the protestors to succeed or fail based upon their own merits, not upon a predetermined, inflexible social hierarchy.
The America that is being protested has codified in its founding documents freedoms of assembly, expression, religion, and the equal protection of every citizen under its laws.

Other countries have legal and social frameworks that deny each of these fundamental freedoms and THEIR citizens seek to impose their laws and ways of life upon us.
 
Before you take a knee in protest, perhaps you should think a little more deeply about what our country COULD be like as there are billions of people in the world living THAT existence right now.
 
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The NY Post reports today that a mob of woke pop-culture and music critics wants to lynch Beethoven as his music represents all that is horrid about oppressive Western culture. Because the world is a far better place with less Beethoven and more Cardi B.

Here's the article
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What does it mean for no student to be left behind? That all will achieve equally? That is never going to happen because all students have different abilities and work ethics - and attempting to manufacture it is a complete exercise in Marxist futility.
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Celtics1959
This is a photo of the 1959 NBA Champion Boston Celtics.
Tell me that the world hasn't changed.
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Thinking Aloud - Thursday Morning

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Good Morning Thinkers - Today is Constitution Day. A day that will be forgotten in most public schools, though many states have requirements to observe it in some meaningful way. I think that we should celebrate Constitution Day by exercising as many of our fundamental freedoms as possible. We should say what we want, we should gather peacefully and pray together, we should share our thinking on social media and elsewhere without censorship, we should petition the government for change, we should go to the range and shoot guns, and we should treat each other as equals under the laws - of God and our Country. 

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1931 Wisdom Communism and Socialism

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RLTW!

 


Thinking Aloud - Wednesday Morning

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Good Morning Thinkers -  Have you heard any commentary from elected officials in LA or CA about the attempted execution of the two police officers in Compton? Neither have I. To use a slogan that is often thrown at me as a pejorative, "Silence is Violence" - though it is LITERALLY true in this situation. 

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Undoubtedly some of the Antifa/BLM arsonists would self-describe as environmentalists. I call them criminals and hypocrites, but that's just me. 

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Only idiots and Marxists believe....

]That climate change has caused this year's wildfires
That BLM is about empowering Black communities
That public education teaches students how to think and not what to think
That systemic inequity has a greater influence on outcomes that individual talent and effort
That the amount of melanin that one possesses is determinative of anything except how fast you sunburn
That the solution for past acts of racism and unfairness are current acts of racism and unfairness
That the violence against and the denial of human rights to women in many Islamic countries are acceptable 'expressions of culture".
That disrespecting our flag unifies our country
That arson, rioting and looting are "mostly peaceful protests"
That illegal aliens should be afforded the same rights and privileges as American citizens
(To Be Continued)


Thinking Aloud - Tuesday Morhing

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Good Morning Thinkers - 

Anytime Rangers get together events occur that absolutely would not occur in any other company.

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A dad's response when asked, "Would you teach your kid to hit back at school if someone hit them"
 
One of my prouder moments with my son was 10+ years ago when he was in second grade. At lunchtime, he was on the playground, playing with his friend A. A is a great kid. He has Down Syndrome, and unfortunately some kids picked on him for that, but he and my son were best buddies.
 
These kids start picking on A, and my son puts his arm around A’s shoulders and says, “C’mon A, let’s go play someplace else.” The kids shoved A and my son. My son kept walking. Then one kid grabbed him by the shoulder and spun him around - not expecting that he was simply adding momentum to the swing my son took when he whirled around and punched him in the face. Knocked the kid flat.
 
I get a call from the school, they explained my son got into a fight. I head in and see my son on the bench outside the office barely keeping it together. I ask him what happened, he tells me the story above. I went in to the principal and asked what happened and the story matched what the playground monitor saw.
 
I said I thought it’s best that I take him home and let him calm down, and I’m sure he’ll be fine tomorrow.
 
Then the stupid began.
 
“We’re suspending your son for a day. He can’t come to school tomorrow.”
I asked why, when there’s no dispute that not only was my son NOT the aggressor, he was trying to do the right thing and walk away.
“Because we have a zero tolerance policy.”
“What about the other student?”
“Oh, he’ll be suspended for a day too.”
“Despite being the aggressor? And picking on a kid with Downs’ Syndrome?”
“It’s the policy.”
I called my son into the office.
“(son), there’s good news and bad news. The bad news is you’re suspended for a day.” At this point his eyes got wide and he was about to lose it.
I continued, ”The good news is that I am extremely proud of you. I’m going to take tomorrow off work, and we’re going to (I rattled off some fun things he liked to do).”
 
The principal glared at me.
 
“I have a policy too. My policy is to not punish a child for doing the right thing.”
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There is an article in this morning's Seattle Times that asks, "Why isn't the smoke clearing out? Sometimes models get it wrong." Oh, really? But we're supposed to believe all of the Covid models, because... science? How does that work?
 
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In a predictable, yet pathetic virtue signal, the University of Chicago's English Department will accept only Black Studies applicants. No poetry, no Shakespeare, no European or American or Asian or Middle Eastern literature, just Black Studies. 
 
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Here's some news that will shock you... A level 3 sex offender is released and REOFFENDS!!
 
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A church fellowship hall and two adjacent buildings in Tacoma was destroyed by arson over the weekend, but no hate crime is suspected. Why? Because it was Lutheran and Not COGIC or AME?
 
Curious. 
 
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Thinking Aloud - Monday Morning

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Good Morning Thinkers - A fast way for me to lose confidence in you is for you to be consistently unreliable. Things happen from time to time, and I get that, but things don't happen all of the time. 

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Winners look for ways to succeed. Everyone else looks for reasons to fail. -ER, 2020

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Ranger School - It's not about the color of your skin, it's about the content of your character. -ER, 2020

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Just thinking... Poll workers in Chicago should put "I voted" stickers on all of the headstones in town.

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Would a moral, ethically decent, patriotic hip hop artist even be tolerated by the industry?

Has a patriotic rap or hiphop song ever been made? Has a patriotic pop song been made in recent memory? The only artists that I can think of that openly love and praise our nation are Country singers and Christian singers. And it shows in our culture.

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Veterans don't serve because we hate our enemies. We serve because we love our country. It's a difference the left will never understand.

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If having firearms for self protection is such a bad idea, why do so many synagogues hire armed IDF veterans as security guards; particularly during the high holidays?

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When a job seeker, a politician for example, leads with their intersectional profile (I am a quadruple minority), you can be sure that they have little else to offer.

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I wrote this last year, but it is still timely.

To the tune of "God Bless The USA":
 
“Proud To Be A Socialist”
 
In 2016 all my hope was gone,
Trump’s election ruined my life,
So I had to start again
as a barista working nights
to pay back the loans I’d taken
For a useless college degree
In Lesbian Dance Theory
From U-C Berkeleyyyyy
 
CHORUS:
And I’m proud to be a socialist, where everything is free
We’ll take the stuff from the rich, and give it to you and me
So I’ll gladly stand up, next to you
and we’ll vote for Bernie
Cause there ain’t no doubt we hate this land
And this economy…..
 
Verse 2
From Pyongyang in North Korea
with soldiers marching so proudly
From Caracas, Venezuela,
To Havana by the Sea
Across the world to Hanoi
Home of our old friend Charlie
There’s fire in every socialist heart
That fights for EQUITY!!!
 
CHORUS:
And I’m proud to be a socialist, where everything is free
We’ll take the stuff from the rich and give it to you and me
So I’ll gladly stand up, next to you
and we’ll vote for Bernie
Cause there ain’t no doubt, we hate this land
And this economy…..
 
And I’m proud to be a socialist, where everything is free
We hate your freedom and success, We’re bitter with envy
So we’ll gladly stand up, next to you
and we’ll vote for Bernie
Cause there ain’t no doubt, we hate this land
And this economy…..
 
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Thinking Aloud - Sunday Morning

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Good Morning Thinkers -

Perhaps the democrats should discuss the issue of tax inequity. For example, a couple living in NYC making $500,000 annually would save $50,000 per year in state and local taxes by moving to a tax-free state. Other states where residents would benefit financially by moving away are CA - $46,000 savings; NJ $25,000, IL $25,000, CT $32,000. California's marginal tax rate of 13.3% is the highest in the country and what is the condition of the state? What is the status of their state pension system? Both are a wreck, yet they're taxing their citizens to death.
Overtaxation is the true anchor on economic advancement in our country, not a lack of opportunity, not sexism, or racism, or any other kind of -ism.
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How many times have you heard the word 'profit' used as a pejorative by the angry, unaccomplished, envious left?
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Never a community organizer, always a political agitator.
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People who benefit from the support of the poor and disenfranchised have a vested interest in increasing their ranks. Those who benefit from the upwardly mobile and increasingly successful have a vested interest in increasing the numbers of those voters. I wonder how this influences policymaking?
 

Are West Coast cities worth the cost, effort, and risk that it would take to revitalize them? Since the damage was mostly self-inflicted during the mostly peaceful protests that were tolerated by each city and state's elected officials; I don't think so. Let them wallow in their own destruction. 

Thinking Aloud - Santurday Night

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Hello Thinkers - Sorry for the late post today, we had a really busy day. 

I just read that a group of Georgia residents is buying land to create a self-sufficient single-race Black community. So they are self-redlining to create a separate but equal one race living arrangement. Hmmm.....

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The West Coast fires are being caused by Antifa arsonists. I can think of numerous appropriate consequences for thes pieces of shit. 

How can they call themselves environmentalists and burn the land?

Fucking hypocrites.

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A state employee was placed on unpaid leave after they left a note at a restaurant that read "BLM Button - No Tip".If the employee wasn't representing their office in an official capacity, what right does his supervisor have to get involved here. It's the employee's money, it's the employee's opinion, and it's the employee's freedom of speech. What a load of crap. 

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In better news, SGM Pat Payne was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Trump yesterday. He led a special operations
raid that rescued over 70 hostages from their ISIS captors in 2015. 


Thinking Aloud - Friday Morning

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Good Morning Thinkers - What if Bertie Botts (the Harry Potter world's creator of 'every flavored jellybeans) made crayons? You would have colors like vomit, snot, dog poop... Imagine the possibilities. 

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We haven't heard much from AOC and the squad for some time. I wonder which basement cell the DNC has them occupying.

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Can anyone name anything useful the Democratic Congress has accomplished in the last four years? I'll go get a coffee while you're thinking. 

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Are the wildfires that are ravaging the West Coast being set intentionally? Would anyone be surprised if they were? Would the leftist governors of the West Coast states aggressively pursue prosecution of the perpetrators if it was learned that they were Antifa or BLM supporters?

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If masks work, why do we need social distancing?
If masks and social distancing work, why do we need to stay at home?
If masks, social distancing, and staying at home work, why do we need a vaccine?

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Rather than defunding the police, why not reduce their responsibilities to areas within cities who support them? That would improve the law enforcement coverage in those areas, and keep the citizens who hate the police and the police officers themselves safely away from each other. 


Thinking Aloud - Thursday Morning

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Good Morning Thinkers - I have a student from England this year who addresses me as "Professor". It reminds me of the old days teaching at Hogwarts.

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Here's a song lyric that I really like:

Una palabra no dice nada, y al mismo tiempo lo esconde todo. igual que el viento esconde el agua, como las flores que esconde el lodo. - C. Varela

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I as asked if teachers should be fired for participating in riots and looting. You may be surprised, but my answer to that is no. They should be arrested for ritoting and looting and fired for having unexcused absences from work. That way their lawyers can't complain about their being terminated for their off the clock,  non-work related activities. 

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Thinking Aloud - Wednesday Morning

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Good Morning Thinkers -  Is it too late to turn the tide of toxicity against our country? Is the disease too widespread? Are we septic? It really is hard to say. I want to believe that the media overplays the voices of hate and that the anti-American elected officials allow the violence and mayhem to contine in isolated places - but as that number of places increases, and the number of participants grows, can we stop it without the use of massive force? I don't know. 

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One of my colleagues sent a email offering a unisex t-shirt that she picked up at a trade show. Is unisex still a viable word in the current PC world? And is it even appropriate to assign clothing to specific genders any longer? Who says this is a boy’s shirt size 12? I dunno. It’s all pretty confusing.

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I wonder how long it will be until the permanently offended PC mob forces retailers to eliminate gendered apparel sections. 

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Just because a man is a millionaire professional football player, it doesn't mean that he isn't a gangster and a thug. 

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On the topic of institutional racism, did you know that a white player hasn't started at cornerback in an NFL game since the 2003 season? I don't see any players kneeling about that obvious inequity. 

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A 17 year old kid was shot in the head and killed in Seattle's Central District over the weekend. 
 
Does this kid's Black life matter? Why is there no mob screaming "Say his name!" in front of the shooter's residence? Because the mob knows who the shooter is.
 
Where are the mayor, and the city council and the nationally known athletes and celebrities lamenting his tragic death?
 
Nowhere.
 
Not one of them is going to say a damn thing, because gang related, Black on Black murder doesn't fit the 'systemic racism' template.
 
Either all Black lives matter or the movement is full of crap.
 
There is no middle ground.

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Thinking Aloud - Tuesday Morning

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Good Morning Thinkers - Yesterday was my sister's birthday.  I've been asked why I don't write about my sister very much. While she was alive we weren't close. She chose to isolate herself from  the rest of the family - which was especially difficult for my mom. She was estranged for the last 25 years of her life, so I simply don't have much to say. I didn't know her at all as an adult. 

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I often see the word 'gentrification' used as a political pejorative meaning transforming an area to be less Black and more White. So if developers were going to improve a neighborhood and retain its 'Blackness' how would that look? Not ironically, not sarcastically.

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There is a trend amongst the wokesters to open meetings and other gatherings with some kind of acknowledgement that the meeting itself is occurring on "Native land"; as if those in attendance are committing some kind of moral crime by existing on the piece of ground that we're on. For example, someone might say, in hushed, self-righteous tones, "We begin this meeting with a consciousness that it is taking place on (insert name of Native group here) land.." So as to invoke a spirit of guilt and shame over the attendees' presence on 'stolen land'. 

Question - Whose land was it BEFORE the stated group's? And before theirs? Do the meeting attendees ow those people an apology or do the Native occupiers< And how far back into history does the contrition statement extend? If we're going to self-flagellate, I want to be complete about it. 

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The default parenting strategy these days is to make the world safer and easier for the offspring, not make the offspring tougher and more capable. It's the recipe for creating a generation of inept weaklings.

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A neighbor on another social media platform called teachers 'public servants'. I am a public school employee. I'm not anyone's servant; but that says a lot about their attitude toward some professions - doesn't it?

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Fun fact: The highest ranking Catholic bishop of a large geographic area is called the Primate.

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My mom used to ask me, "What did you learn at school today?" Here's what I learned today: The 5708th verse of the Bible is Deuteronomy 30:5, "And the LORD thy God will bring thee into the land which thy fathers possessed, and thou shalt possess it; and he will do thee good, and multiply thee above thy fathers." The year 5708 on the Jewish Calendar corresponds with 1948 - the year of the founding of Israel.

I think that that's pretty cool. 

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Thinking Aloud - Monday Morning

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Good Morning Thinkers -

The left needs dependent people to be relevant. A thriving economy, a strong military, a world leading education system, all create a society that make them obsolete. They are the worst example of a cloying, co-dependent, nightmarish, fatal attraction stalker.
If they eliminate the coal industry - coal mining families need them.
If they wipe out the petroleum industry - petroleum workers need them
In the PNW, they wiped out much of the timber industry and eviscerated the mill towns of SW Washington.
When you hear their proposals think about this.... Does their idea make people independent of or dependent upon government?
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Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws. ~ Plato
Plato was commenting on the 2nd Amendment.
 
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Thought for the day: Americans used to roar like lions for liberty; now we bleat like sheep for security. ~Norman Vincent Peale
 
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Thinking Aloud - Sunday Morning

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Good Morning Thinkers - The ultimate hypocrisy: A Planned Parenthood clinic with a Black Lives Matter sign in the window. 

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A teacher in the Puyallup School District, just outside of Tacoma, WA, unleashed a litany of racial slurs against Black conservatives. A Black man himself, he states in his defense that within the Black community the words that he used aren't hateful - they are just used to describe someone who is a sellout. Fortunately, the district is investigating. 

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How many times have people, who openly admit that they are not 'math people', thrown Covid statistics around. Like they understand them. 

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Thinking Aloud - Saturday Morning

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Good Morning Thinkers - Should we all be equally miserable?

In totalitarian, dystopian, and other failed states that is the life that most people lead - equitable misery. It seems that some in this country desire that status for all of us. Tear down what others have earned because it's not fair that everyone doesn't have it. In my world there is a growing chorus of teachers who are decrying those of us who use personal resources to purchase supplies for our own classrooms and students. "Not everyone can afford that, so you shouldn't do it. It's not faaaaiiiiirrrrr," they cry. So my students shouldn't have a pencil, because one of yours doesn't? 
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It seems to me that a person's economic value should be related to the difficulty of the problems they are able to solve.

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Why do welfare recipients celebrate Labor Day?

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Six percent. Have you heard that number lately? The CDC admitted recently that only six percent of the deaths reported can be tied to Covid-19 alone. That's about 10,000 deaths at this point. Every other one of the 200+ thousand counted in the statistics had some other related cause - but were counted as Covid because the decedents had tested positive at some point. We shut down and continue to shut down our country because of a BS flu. This is the power of propaganda. I don't want to hear a single person on the left ever say that they would have never participated in the rise of Naziism in Germany - because the last four months is clear evidence that you would have. That you would scream at and shame your neighbors because they refused to wear masks when they weren't sick. That they so willingly comply with every single government mandate. That they live in terror and ignore the many inconsistencies in the messaging is clear proof that we are not immune to the persuasion techniques used by despots in the past.

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Thinking Aloud - Friday Morning

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Good Morning Thinkers -

"The police are still trying to identify a man found floating off the docks of a southeast Brooklyn neighborhood. A passerby noticed the body wrapped in a blue tarp. The tarp was wrapped with gray duct tape, and the man's legs were tied with an orange electrical cord which was fastened to a cinder block. The man died of blunt force trauma to the head. Police are ruling this a homicide."
 
I was thinking Corid, but maybe not.
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When independent labs, and state health officials, and even the CDE admit that there are irregularities in Coronavirus test results and the subsequent statistics they produce; and the Governors AREN'T furious about it.... That tells you all you need to know. 
 
If you were a governor and this fraud were perpetrated on the people of your state, wouldn't you be pissed?
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The PAC-12 Conference announces new rapid results Covid testing that may expedite the return of fall sports. Don't be fooled. This isn't about anyone's love of sports. The universities are desperate for the revenue that sports provide because they can't support the Gender Queer Ceramics Department without it - and getting rid of the department would be a crime against humanity. 
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This morning the Seattle Times editorializes that the state's mandatory vaccination laws should be enforced whether school is remote or in person. This is just stupid. What risk to students pose to others if they are doing school in their living rooms?
 
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I find it interesting that the left is all verklempt over hearing the power of 'Student Voices' - unless the voices disagree with their narrative - then it's screw them, they're just kids, WTF do they know. 
 
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Thinking Aloud - Thursday Morning

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Good Morning Thinkers - If you're an atheist and believe that creatures have souls, what purpose does the soul serve if there is no afterlife?

Can atheists believe in ghosts? If so, how? What worlds are the spirits trapped between?

And if you are an atheist - what purpose, other than social order, does morality serve, and where does it come from?

If you're an evolutionist, why should we care about helping the poor, starving, and downtrodden, isn't that evolution at work?

Isn't oppression, evolution? Survival of the fittest?

Doesn't helping the weak hold society back and misdirect resources away from the evolutionary cycle?

Nature is brutal - do you evolutionists REALLY want natural selection? If so, you don't act like it. 

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So many media outlets lead the day with Covid news, it surprises me somewhat that there isn't a separate news organization called the Coronavirus Times.

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The Seattle mayor is calling the President's threat to cut federal aid to Seattle 'unlawfull. So let me understand this.... The city 'leadership' allows domestic terrorists to wreck a city and it's a taxpayer from Iowa's responsibility to bail you out. No. It's your mess, you pay for the clean up. 

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Thinking Aloud - Wednesday Morning

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Good Morning Thinkers - It's the first day of remote school. I'm confident in my ability to teach and my students' eagerness and ability to learn. I'm much less confident in the technology that is supposed to  connect the two.

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I was asked by a Tik Tok follower yesterday why leftist teachers don't leave their politics at home. One of their protest chants is, "Silence is Violence" so I believe that they feel that they have a moral duty to impose their ideology wherever they can - including and especially to kids at school.

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NTYC teachers threatened to strike if schools opened as scheduled on September 10th, citing fear over Covid transmission due to unsafe working environments. The Mayor and City Council acquiesced to teacher demands without stating publicly exactly what they were and pushed back school opening until September 21st. Two things: That they did not specify what changes/improvements were to be made is suspicious to me, and what meaningful changes can be made in a district the size of NYC (the largest in the country) in only three weeks? I think that it was a power play by the teachers union that used a million kids as pawns. 

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Eight years ago I got one of those texts that we all dread receiving. The subject line read "Ranger Down" and it was from a very low key Ranger who only communicates in the best and worst of times. When I was able to check back in with him I learned that one of our closest friends had passed away. Within a matter of days members of our squad made our way to Tulsa to do whatever we could to support his family. I think of him mostly on crappy miserable days when he'd have some darkly sarcastic comment that would put things in perspective, "At least you're not bleeding out of your anus." God Bless, John O. Tunnell. You are remembered and missed.


Thinking Aloud - Tuesday Morning

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Good Morning Thinkers - In Matthew 27:46 Jesus is dying on the cross. In his agony he cries out, "My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?". To me this is the ultimate expression of Jesus' humanity. Not only is he in physical agony, he is moments from death and feels, viscerally, the weight of all of the sins of mankind being placed upon his spirit. Of course he had always known that that was his destiny, but in that moment the felt the full burden of it and it was so horrific and loathesome that even he cried out. 

But it was not God the Father who had forsaken him, but the world - God does not forsake - He forgives and renews - Always.

The World hates you. The World reviles you. The World, with all of its sin and degradation wants you to BELIEVE that God forsakes you, but HE never will. 

The World will dump on you in the worst possible ways in an effort to encourage you to sever your relationship with God - that's the World's plan - to treat you so horribly that you blame the Creator and turn your back on him. 

Friends - we are in a love triangle - with a very seductive other. It is up to us to have the character to be faithful. To know that the one who truly loves us would never leave or forsake us - but the other, would and will drop us in a hot second. 

That's the nature of the harlot.


Thinking Aloud - Monday Morning

Good Morning Thinkers - Ok pro sports - if you are so woke, why don't you let women into your leagues? Sexist much?

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How can education bureaucrats create career ready kids when so few of them have had careers outside of education or government? They have little or no direct experience in business or industry.

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I'm reading a book called 'Judaism's Great Debates' and in it there's a chapter about the nature of religion which I'm finding very interesting.
 
Two great figures, the Vilna Gaon and Baal Shem Tov, had very different perspectives on our obligations. The Vilna Gaon's position was that our greatest duty was legalistic in nature; that we follow the Commandments and all that emanates from them. Baal Shem Tov taught that we should seek a personal relationship with God through prayer and joyful experiences.
I see the value in both arguments, but also see how they diverge. The same schism exists in Christian denominations. Do I go to church and sit through a sermon that I've heard dozens of times because it's my duty to be there OR do I go for a lengthy walk on the beach where I can talk to God, enjoy his creation, and have a genuinely spiritual experience - but in doing so forsake my obligation to attend services?
 
The chapter continues in more detail about how this debate is muddied even further by the use of both 'Aveinu' and 'Malkeinu' in prayer. God as ever present parent and majestic monarch. Near/far. Personal/transcendent.
 
It's fodder for deep thinking and quiet meditation as, I believe, the implications are profound.
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If 10 percent of the people could be 10 percent as happy as my dog is 10 percent of the time...it would transform the world for the better.