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This first effort made it to 5’7″…

The crashing of the tower is below

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NRA’s Dana Loesch: You should be ashamed. But I know you are not.

The spokesperson for the NRA verbally attacked the broadcast media today.

Dana Loesch said that broadcast news operations love mass shootings because such events are great for ratings. She added that the media love images of crying white mothers.

Hers was the perfect attempt at deflection.

It failed miserably.

Loesch should be ashamed. But I know she is not.

She must continue to peddle the nonsense that guns don’t kill people.

She must continue to scream that the left desperately wants to take away all guns.

She must continue to endorse the NRA’s corrosive conspiracy theory that mainstream Americans who want sensible gun laws are under the influence of the diabolical left.

She must continue to promote the NRA’s baloney that the solution to domestic terrorism by gun can be found in throwing the mentally ill into jail or into the hospital.

She must continue to find blame elsewhere for the thousands of Americans who die because of a gun.

She must continue to prop up an organization that sees no reason to rein in domestic terrorism.

Let’s face it: The National Rifle Association will remain in defiance of the will of the majority of the American people, who want new and tough gun laws. As such, it will remain hostile to any person or group that dares to criticize it.

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The biggest liar podcast

Photo: Anthony Moretti, 16July2017

Soren Fanning and I agree on who is the liar of the week. Who is it?

You’ll need to listen to the latest edition of Upon Further Review…with The Podcast Profs to find out!

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Ouch! This college sports program is $26-million in the hole

A $26-million deficit is bad.

A hint from a top university official that there appears to be no good way to fix the problem is worse.

The Daily Egyptian has the story.

Chancellor Carlo Montemagno said in a statement sent to the Daily Egyptian that he has been looking into the financial situation in athletics since arriving at SIU. The same statement appeared Tuesday afternoon in his blog.

“Since arriving in August, I have been closely looking at the very challenging and complex financial situation facing Saluki athletics,” Montemagno said. “The deficit has greatly increased over the last five years and answers to stemming the tide are difficult to find.”

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Middle school and high school parents. This one is for you.

Photo: Anthony Moretti 19Jan2017

The superintendent of the Needville Independent School District, in Texas, has sent his students a powerful message: If you walk out of classes to protest gun violence, you will be suspended. According to the Houston Chronicle,

In a letter sent to families and published on schools’ social media sites, [Curtis] Rhodes said students would face a three-day, out-of-school suspension if they joined in growing protests nationwide over the shooting at a Florida high school last week.

“Life is all about choices and every choice has a consequence whether it be positive or negative. We will discipline no matter if it is one, fifty, or five hundred students involved,” Rhodes wrote. “All will be suspended for 3 days and parent notes will not alleviate the discipline.”

As I understand the scope of the protests, students across the country are encouraged to walk out of class for 17 minutes to remember the 17 victims of last week’s shooting in Florida and to demand new gun laws.

One walkout is scheduled for March 14 and another for April 20. That latter date coincides with the anniversary of the 1999 Columbine High School mass shooting in Colorado.

I see neither as a significant disruption to the school day. As a result, I think Mr. Rhodes is wrong to threaten students for what they might be planning.

What do you think?

 

 

 

 

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As you remember the charm offensive by the sister of the North Korean leader…

…also remember the determination within that country to use cyber as a means of terror.

And guess who is leading that effort?

As the Guardian notes,

The group’s cyber operation is now said to be targeting Japan, Vietnam and the Middle East and is attempting to steal secrets from companies and organisations involved in the chemical, electronics, manufacturing, aerospace, automotive and healthcare industries.

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Is anyone else bothered by the Florida students owning the airwaves?

Photo; Anthony Moretti 2Oct2016

Within hours of last week’s domestic terrorism attack at a Florida high school, a group of students from that school has owned the airwaves. Demanding a change to gun laws, the students are in the white hot media spotlight. Their rallies, social media posts, plans and mission are impossible to ignore because the mainstream news media are reporting everything these kids do.

That’s worrisome.

I’m uncomfortable with how frequently media organizations are placing these kids, and they are kids, on national television and on the front page of the newspaper as the affirmed new faces in the gun debate. No one appears to be asking if the mainstream news media are on ethically sound ground right now.

Instead, the media seem caught up in the “something new is happening right now; and these kids are involved, so we had better go live/put them on the front page.”

I accept those kids have gone through a horrible tragedy, one that no high school student ever should have to endure. I accept that they are trying to turn that grief into change. I accept they are passionate advocates for what they believe in.

Yet the country’s elite news agencies are profiting off these kids. And they will continue to do so because the raw emotion and articulate message emanating from these high school students is admirable. They are wholesome, honest kids, and a majority of the country supports what they are trying to accomplish.

But the adults are in the newsrooms, and it would appear not a single one is asking if the right thing to do is to put high school students in this position.

Perhaps they need to be asking that question.

It won’t be long before these students will forever be etched into the country’s conscience; and much like the child actor who never grows up in the minds of too many in the public, these students are forever going to be thought of as 16 or 17 years old.

They will forever be viewed as they are now, no matter what they accomplish later in life. Is that good? Is that what they would want?

We also need to be honest and admit that these news organizations are letting these students advance the political agenda they endorse. (Full disclosure: I’m right there with these students; I think major new gun legislation is essential.) Using these students in this capacity adds to the ethical conundrum existing at this moment.

As these forceful advocates continue to call for political and social change — whether it be gun laws or a discussed April 20 walkout of high schools across the country — we, the public, require our news agencies to critically examine the students’ message. Instead, at this moment, journalists seem to be walking lockstep with the students.

I’m concerned no one is sufficiently considering the ramifications of doing so.

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