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November 5, 2018

Song of the Open Road, by Walt Whitman [nc]

Filed under: equalizers, Historical context, Political Commentary, Politicians, Racism — justplainbill @ 10:48 pm

Song of the Open Road
By Walt Whitman
Afoot and light-hearted, I take to the open road,
Healthy, free, the world before me,
The long brown path before me, leading wherever I choose,

Henceforth I ask not good-fortune – I myself am good fortune;
Henceforth I whimper no more, postpone no more, need nothing,
Strong and content, I travel the open road . . .

. . . From this hour, freedom!
From this hour I ordain myself loos’d of limits and imaginary lines,
Going where I list, my own master, total and absolute,
Listening to others, and considering well what they say,
Pausing, searching, receiving, contemplating,
Gently, but with undeniable will, divesting myself of the holds that would hold me . . .

. . . I inhale great draughts of space;
The East and the West and mine, and the North and the South are mine.

I am larger, better than I thought;
I did not know I held so much goodness.

All seems beautiful to me;
I can repeat over to men and women, You have done such good to me,
I would do the same to you.

I will recruit for myself and you as I go;
I will scatter myself among men and women as I go;
I will toss the new gladness and roughness among them;
Whoever denies me, it shall not trouble me;
Whoever accepts me, he or she shall be blessed, and shall bless me.

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January 5, 2016

America Doesn’t Have a Gun Problem, Dan Greenfield [nc]

http://sultanknish.blogspot.com/

Monday, January 04, 2016
America Doesn’t Have a Gun Problem, It Has a Democrat Problem

Posted by Daniel Greenfield 11 Comments

America’s mass shooting capital isn’t somewhere out west where you can get a gun at the corner store. It’s in Obama’s own hometown.

Chicago is America’s mass shooting capital. There were over 400 shootings with more than one victim. In 95 of those shootings, 3 or more people were shot.

2,995 people were shot in Chicago last year. Shootings were up, way up, in Baltimore. With an assist from Al Sharpton and #BlackLivesMatter, Baltimore beat out Detroit. But Detroit is still in the running. Chicago, Baltimore and Detroit all have something in common, they’re all run by the party of gun control which somehow can’t seem to manage to control the criminals who have the guns.

The murder rate in Washington, D.C., home of the progressive boys and girls who can solve it all, is up 54%. The capital of the national bureaucracy has also been the country’s murder capital.

These cities are the heartland of America’s real gun culture. It isn’t the bitter gun-and-bible clingers in McCain and Romney territory who are racking up a more horrifying annual kill rate than Al Qaeda; it’s Obama’s own voting base.

Gun violence is at its worst in the cities that Obama won in 2012. Places like New Orleans, Memphis, Birmingham, St. Louis, Kansas City and Philly. The Democrats are blaming Republicans for the crimes of their own voters.

Chicago, where Obama delivered his victory speech, has homicide numbers that match all of Japan and are higher than Spain, Poland and pre-war Syria. If Chicago gets any worse, it will find itself passing the number of murders for the entire country of Canada.

Chicago’s murder rate of 15.09 per 100,000 people looks nothing like the American 4.2 rate, but it does look like the murder rates in failed countries like Rwanda, Sierra Leone and Zimbabwe. To achieve Chicago’s murder rate, African countries usually have to experience a bloody genocidal civil war.

But Chicago isn’t even all that unique. Or the worst case scenario. That would be St. Louis with 50 murders for 100,000 people. If St Louis were a country, it would have the 4th highest murder rate in the world, beating out Jamaica, El Salvador and Rwanda.

Obama won St. Louis 82 to 16 percent.

New Orleans lags behind with a 39.6 murder rate. Louisiana went red for Romney 58 to 40, but Orleans Parish went blue for Obama 80 to 17. Obama won both St. Louis and Baltimore by comfortable margins. He won Detroit’s Wayne County 73 to 26.

Homicide rates like these show that something is broken, but it isn’t broken among Republican voters rushing to stock up on rifles every time Obama begins threatening their right to buy them; it’s broken among Obama’s base.

Any serious conversation about gun violence and gun culture has to begin at home; in Chicago, in Baltimore, in New York City, in Los Angeles and in Washington, D.C.

Voting for Obama does not make people innately homicidal. Just look at Seattle. So what is happening in Chicago to drive it to the gates of hell?

A breakdown of the Chicago killing fields shows that 83% of those murdered in Chicago in one year had criminal records. In Philly, it’s 75%. In Milwaukee it’s 77% percent. In New Orleans, it’s 64%. In Baltimore, it’s 91%. Many were felons who had served time. And as many as 80% of the homicides were gang related.

Chicago’s problem isn’t guns; it’s gangs. Gun control efforts in Chicago or any other major city are doomed because gangs represent organized crime networks which stretch down to Mexico. And Democrats pander to those gangs because it helps them get elected. That’s why Federal gun prosecutions in Chicago dropped sharply under Obama. It’s why he has set free drug dealers and gang members to deal and kill while convening town halls on gun violence.

America’s murder rate isn’t the work of the suburban and rural homeowners who shop for guns at sporting goods stores and at gun shows, and whom the media profiles after every shooting, but by the gangs embedded in urban areas controlled by Democrats. The gangs who drive up America’s murder rate look nothing like the occasional mentally ill suburban white kid who goes off his medication and decides to shoot up a school. Lanza, like most serial killers, is a media aberration, not the norm.

National murder statistics show that blacks are far more likely to be killers than whites and they are also far more likely to be killed. The single largest cause of homicides is the argument. 4th on the list is juvenile gang activity with 676 murders, which combined with various flavors of gangland killings takes us nearly to the 1,000 mark. America has more gangland murders than Sierra Leone, Eritrea and Puerto Rico have murders.

Our national murder rate is not some incomprehensible mystery that can only be attributed to the inanimate tools, the steel, brass and wood that do the work. It is largely the work of adult males from age 18 to 39 with criminal records killing other males of that same age and criminal past.

If this were going on in Rwanda, El Salvador or Sierra Leone, we would have no trouble knowing what to make of it, and silly pearl-clutching nonsense about gun control would never even come up. But this is Chicago, it’s Baltimore, it’s Philly and NOLA; and so we refuse to see that our major cities are in the same boat as some of the worst trouble spots in the world.

Lanza and Newtown are comforting aberrations. They allow us to take refuge in the fantasy that homicides in America are the work of the occasional serial killer practicing his dark art in one of those perfect small towns that always show up in murder mysteries or Stephen King novels. They fool us into thinking that there is something American about our murder rate that can be traced to hunting season, patriotism and bad mothers.

But go to Chicago or Baltimore. Go where the killings really happen and the illusion comes apart.

There is a war going on in America between gangs of young men who bear an uncanny resemblance to their counterparts in Sierra Leone or El Salvador. They live like them, they fight for control of the streets like them and they kill like them.

America’s horrific murder rate is a result of the transformation of major American cities into Sierra Leone, Somalia, Rwanda and El Salvador. Gun violence largely consists of criminals killing criminals.

As David Kennedy, the head of the Center for Crime Prevention and Control, put it, “The majority of homicide victims have extensive criminal histories. This is simply the way that the world of criminal homicide works. It’s a fact.”

America is, on a county by county basis, not a violent country, just as it, on a county by county basis, did not vote for Obama. It is being dragged down by broken cities full of broken families whose mayors would like to trash the Bill of Rights for the entire country in the vain hope that national gun control will save their cities, even though gun control is likely to be as much help to Chicago or New Orleans as the War on Drugs.

Obama’s pretense that there needs to be a national conversation about rural American gun owners is a dishonest and cynical ploy that distracts attention from the real problem that he and politicians like him have sat on for generations.

America does not have a gun problem. Its problem is in the broken culture of cities administered by Democrats. We do not need to have a conversation about gun violence. We need to have a conversation about Chicago. We need to have a conversation about what the Democrats have done to our cities.

(A version of this article originally appeared at Front Page Magazine.)

October 17, 2015

Obama Administration and the truth about gun control [nc]

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A special assistant to the president — the president who recently lamented that an inability to pass gun control was one of the great failures of his administration — was arrested Friday after she allegedly fired a pistol at her boyfriend during a domestic dispute. Barvetta Singletary, 37, didn’t help advance her boss’ crusade against gun violence when she invited her boyfriend, a Capitol Hill police officer, over to her house for sex. Afterwards, she accused him of seeing another woman and demanded to see the texts on his cellphones. When he refused, Singletary reached into her boyfriend’s bag, according to the arresting documents, and pulled out the two cellphones and his service weapon, a .40 caliber Glock 23. She demanded he tell her the passwords to the phones. He refused. “Your phone is more important than me holding the gun on you,” she said, shooting the couch where he was sitting. Singletary was the Obama administration’s House legislative affairs liaison and was paid $125,000 a year. Let’s just say she wasn’t a low-level staffer. And her purposeful gun crime while working for this gun-hostile administration is more important than the time Dick Cheney accidentally shot a friend while Dove hunting. But which one received more news coverage?

http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/White-House-Staffer-Threatened-Boyfriend-a-US-Capitol-Police-Officer-With-Gun-321276871.html

“To anger a conservative, lie to him.
To anger a liberal, tell him the truth”…
Theodore Roosevelt

October 7, 2015

Guns, from Earl [c]

This is worth the read
No matter how you feel about guns, you should find this most interesting.
In 1865 a Democrat shot and killed Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States
In 1881 a left wing radical Democrat shot James Garfield, President of the United States , who later died from the wound.
In 1963 a radical left wing socialist shot and killed John F. Kennedy, President of the United States .
In 1975 a left wing radical Democrat fired shots at Gerald Ford, President of the United States .
In 1983 a registered Democrat shot and wounded Ronald Reagan, President of the United States .
In 1984 James Hubert, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 22 people in a McDonalds restaurant.
In 1986 Patrick Sherrill, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 15 people in an Oklahoma post office.
In 1990 James Pough, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 10 people at a GMAC office.
In 1991 George Hennard, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 23 people in a Luby’s cafeteria in Killeen , TX.
In 1995 James Daniel Simpson, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 5 coworkers in a Texas laboratory.
In 1999 Larry Asbrook, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 8 people at a church service.
In 2001 a left wing radical Democrat fired shots at the White House in a failed attempt to kill George W. Bush, President of the US .
In 2003 Douglas Williams, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 7 people at a Lockheed Martin plant.
In 2007 a registered Democrat named Seung – Hui Cho, shot and killed 32 people in Virginia Tech.
In 2010 a mentally ill registered Democrat named Jared Lee Loughner, shot Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and killed 6 others.
In 2011 a registered Democrat named James Holmes, went into a movie theater and shot and killed 12 people.
In 2012 Andrew Engeldinger, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 7 people in Minneapolis .
In 2013 a registered Democrat named Adam Lanza, shot and killed 26 people in a school in Newtown , CT.
As recently as Sept 2013, an angry Democrat shot 12 at a Navy ship yard.
Clearly, there is a problem with Democrats and guns.
Not one NRA member, Tea Party member, or Republican conservative was involved in any of these shootings and murders.
SOLUTION: It should be illegal for Democrats to own guns.
Remember: Guns don’t kill people, Democrats kill people.

A LITTLE BIT OF GUN HISTORY……….
In 1929, the Soviet Union established gun control:
From 1929 to 1953, about 20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
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In 1911, Turkey established gun control: From 1915 to 1917, 1.5 million
Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and
exterminated.
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Germany established
gun control in 1938: From 1939 to 1945, a total of 13 million Jews and
others who were unable to defend themselves were rounded up and
exterminated.
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China established
gun control in 1935: From 1948 to 1952, 20 million political dissidents,
unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
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Guatemala established gun control in 1964: From 1964 to 1981, 100,000
Mayan Indians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and
exterminated.
—- ————- ————-
Uganda
established gun control in 1970: From 1971 to 1979, 300,000 Christians,
unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
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Cambodia established gun control in 1956: From 1975 to 1977, one
million educated people, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up
and exterminated.
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56 million defenseless people were rounded up and exterminated in the 20th Century because of gun control!
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You won’t see this data on the US evening news, or hear politicians
disseminating this information. Guns in the hands of honest citizens
save lives and property and, yes, gun-control laws adversely affect only
the law-abiding citizens.
With guns, we are ‘citizens’; without them, we are ‘subjects’.

During WW II, the Japanese decided not to invade America because they
knew most Americans were ARMED! Gun owners in the USA are the largest
armed forces in the world!
If you value your freedom, please spread this anti gun-control message to all of your friends.

The purpose of fighting is to win. There is no possible victory in
defense. The sword is more important than the shield, and skill is more
important than either.
SWITZERLAND ISSUES A GUN TO EVERY HOUSEHOLD!
SWITZERLAND’S GOVERNMENT ISSUES AND TRAINS EVERY ADULT IN THE USE OF A RIFLE.
SWITZERLAND HAS THE LOWEST GUN RELATED CRIME RATE OF ANY CIVILIZED COUNTRY IN THE WORLD!!!

DON’T LET OUR GOVERNMENT WASTE MILLIONS OF OUR TAX DOLLARS IN AN EFFORT TO MAKE ALL LAW-ABIDING CITIZENS AN EASY TARGET.
I’m a firm believer in the 2nd Amendment! If you are too, please forward this.

If you’re not a believer, please reconsider the true facts. This is
history; not the BS that’s being shown on TV, sanctioned by our
illustrious leaders in Washington.
________________________________________

[I have not been able to verify the first section regarding Democrats, but I know for certain that most of it has been reported as true by the news media. The second section is historical fact that was once taught in high schools throughout the U.S.A. Further, there is a section of federal law which defines the unorganized militia of the United States of America to be all healthy males, except those in certain government positions, between the ages of 16 and 48 and certain females, as the Unorganized Militia of the United States of American, and that those who meet the definition are required, as are the Swiss, to own and know how to use, a rifle.]

May 21, 2015

1895 8th Grade Final Exam, Salina KS [I failed. :-)]

Filed under: Education, equalizers, Historical context, Humor, Media Check, Political Commentary — justplainbill @ 2:21 pm

This is the
> eighth-grade final exam from 1895 in Salina, Kansas, USA. It
> was taken from
> the original document on file at the Smokey Valley
> Genealogical Society and Library in Salina, and reprinted by
> the Salina Journal.
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> 8th Grade Final Exam:
> Salina, Kansas – 1895
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> Grammar
> (Time, one hour)
>
>
> 1. Give nine rules for the use of capital letters.
>
>
> 2. Name the parts of speech and define those that have no
> modifications.
>
>
> 3. Define verse, stanza and paragraph
>
>
> 4. What are the principal parts of a verb? Give principal
> parts of ‘lie, ‘play,’ and ‘run.’
>
>
> 5. Define case; illustrate each case.
>
>
> 6. What is punctuation? Give rules for principal marks of
> punctuation.
>
>
> 7 – 10. Write a composition of about 150 words and show
> therein that you understand the practical use of the rules
> of grammar.
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>
>
>
>
> Arithmetic (Time, 1
> hour 15 minutes)
>
>
> 1. Name and define the Fundamental Rules of Arithmetic.
>
>
> 2. A wagon box is 2 ft. deep, 10 feet long, and 3 ft. wide.
> How many bushels of wheat will it hold?
>
>
> 3. If a load of wheat weighs 3,942 lbs., what is it worth at
> 50cts/bushel, deducting 1,050 lbs. For tare?
>
>
> 4. District No 33 has a valuation of $35,000.. What is the
> necessary levy to carry on a
> school seven months at $50 per month, and have $104 for
> incidentals?
>
>
> 5. Find the cost of 6,720 lbs. Coal at $6.00 per ton.
>
>
> 6. Find the interest of $512.60 for 8 months and 18 days at
> 7 percent.
>
>
> 7. What is the cost of 40 boards 12 inches wide and 16 ft.
> long at $20 per meter?
>
>
> 8. Find bank discount on $300 for 90 days (no grace) at 10
> percent.
>
>
> 9. What is the cost of a square farm at $15 per acre, the
> distance of which is 640 rods?
>
>
> 10. Write a Bank Check, a Promissory Note, and a
> Receipt.
>
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>
>
>
> U.S. History (Time,
> 45 minutes)
>
>
> 1. Give the epochs into which U.S. History is divided.
>
>
> 2. Give an account of the discovery of America by Columbus
> .
>
>
> 3. Relate the
> causes and results of the Revolutionary War.
>
>
> 4. Show the territorial growth of the United States.
>
>
> 5. Tell what you can of the history of Kansas.6. Describe
> three of the most prominent battles of the Rebellion.
>
>
> 7. Who were the following: Morse, Whitney, Fulton, Bell,
> Lincoln, Penn, and Howe?
>
>
> 8. Name events connected with the following dates: 1607,
> 1620, 1800, 1849, 1865.
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> Orthography (Time,
> one hour)
>
>
> [Do we even know what this topic is?]
>
>
> 1. What is meant by the following: alphabet, phonetic,
> orthography, etymology, syllabication.
>
>
> 2. What are elementary sounds? How classified?
>
>
> 3. What are the following, and give examples of each:
> trigraph, subvocals,
> diphthong, cognate letters, linguals.
>
>
> 4. Give four substitutes for caret ‘u.'(HUH?)
>
>
> 5. Give two rules for spelling words with final ‘e.’
> Name two exceptions under each rule.
>
>
> 6. Give two uses of silent letters in spelling. Illustrate
> each.
>
>
> 7. Define the following prefixes and use in connection with
> a word: bi, dis-mis, pre, semi, post, non, inter, mono,
> sup.
>
>
> 8. Mark diacritically and divide into syllables the
> following, and name the sign that indicates the sound: card,
> ball, mercy, sir, odd, cell, rise, blood, fare, last.
>
>
> 9. Use the following correctly in sentences: cite, site,
> sight, fane, fain, feign, vane, vain, vein, raze, raise,
> rays.
>
>
> 10. Write 10 words frequently mispronounced and indicate
> pronunciation by use of diacritical marks and by
> syllabication.
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>
>
>
> Geography (Time, one
> hour)
>
>
> 1 What is climate? Upon what does climate depend?
>
>
> 2. How do you account for the extremes of climate in
> Kansas?
>
>
> 3. Of what use are rivers? Of what use is the ocean?
>
>
> 4. Describe the mountains of North America.
>
>
> 5. Name and describe the following: Monrovia, Odessa,
> Denver, Manitoba, Hecla, Yukon, St. Helena, Juan Fernandez,
> Aspinwall and Orinoco.
>
>
> 6. Name and locate the principal trade centers of the U.S.
> Name all the republics of Europe and give the capital of
> each.
>
>
> 8. Why is the Atlantic Coast colder than the Pacific in the
> same latitude?
>
>
> 9. Describe the process by which the water of the ocean
> returns to the sources of rivers.
>
>
> 10. Describe the movements of the earth. Give the
> inclination of the earth.
>
>
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>
>
> Notice that the exam
> took FIVE HOURS to complete.
>
>
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>
>
> Gives the statement
> “he only had an 8th grade education” a whole new
> meaning, doesn’t it?
>
>
> No wonder they dropped out after 8th grade. They already
> knew more than they needed to know!
>
>
> No, I don’t have the answers! And I don’t think I
> ever did!
>
>
> Have fun with this … pass it on so we’re not the only
> ones who feel stupid!

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