Archive for December, 2012

“Before Congress reconvenes, before we engage in any lengthy debate over legislation, regulation or anything else; as soon as our kids return to school after the holiday break, we need to have every single school in America immediately deploy a protection program proven to work,” LaPierre said. “And by that I mean armed security….”

“How many more copycats are waiting in the wings for their moment of fame from a national media machine that rewards them with wall-to-wall attention and a sense of identity that they crave, while provoking others to try to make their mark?” LaPierre asked. “A dozen more killers, a hundred more? How can we possibly even guess how many, given our nation’s refusal to create an active national database of the mentally ill?”

This is embarrassing for all 2nd Amendment supporters. Somebody send LaPierre a case of Depends for Christmas and get somebody as a spokesman who can keep his cool under fire.


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No. But now that I have your attention, I must say Delegate Marshall’s proposal is neither crazy, nor particularly useful. How does it really make our schools safer? The assumption that there are not a fair number of teachers who have handled a gun or who have not thought about such scenarios as happened in Newtown is most likely faulty. After all, our teachers weren’t born yesterday, they have lived thru 9/11, the D.C. Snipers, Beslan, Virginia Tech and a multitude of other headline stories that have forced them, the parents of their students, and hopefully the leaders of the communities across Virginia to contemplate the unthinkable, the horror and tragedy of a Newtown event.

Furthermore, any mandating of specific gun handling training, or carrying, is not something I expect from a conservative legislator where government mandates and regulations should be kept to a minimum to assure sound and practical government, not ceaseless government management of every step and breadth we take.

There are many practical steps we can take to respond to and deal with the tragedy that occurred in Newtown. I have several suggestions which I will share with our community leaders, teachers and my fellow parents, but one step we should not take is a goose step towards militarizing our school environments. It would be a tragic and ironic reaction to Newtown to create a police state environment where instead of protecting our children from Adam Lanza type personalities we contribute to producing them. An atmosphere of a constant threat is not an optimal learning environment for young children. And having the good sense or learning to know when to be afraid is different from living in a state of fear. The former is to strive towards, the latter is when evil and the irrational triumphs. Adults and leaders would be wise to keep such thoughts in mind before overreacting to the tragedy of Newtown.

I respect Mr Marshall immensely for his heroic efforts thru the years in defense of the most defenseless among us, the unborn, but on this issue, he needs to rethink his bill and he might also reconsider his and others’ assertion that this is the result of us as a nation ‘taking God out of our schools.’ Really? Can we, can anyone do that? I’m sure a man of such great faith as Mr. Marshall knows better.

Where would a person of faith find God in the tragedy of Newtown? And if you can answer me that, e.e. fleshenbaum,or any other reader, then perhaps we all might come up with a more practical and more effective response than what has been tossed around to date.

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Archeologists find next tablet.


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Facebook’s Instagram owns your face and your photos.


“Instagram said today that it has the perpetual right to sell users’ photographs without payment or notification, a dramatic policy shift that quickly sparked a public outcry.

The new intellectual property policy, which takes effect on January 16, comes three months after Facebook completed its acquisition of the popular photo-sharing site. Unless Instagram users delete their accounts before the January deadline, they cannot opt out.”


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Too early to know for sure if this was a factor in the Newtown tragedy, but the Post reported the following concerning Adam Lanza:

“A really rambunctious kid, as one former neighbor in Newtown, Conn., recalled
him, adding that he was on medication.”

Which if true brings up this issue: The role of psychiatric drugs in the recent rash of school violence.




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Dear Superintendent Magouryk,

I would like to suggest that you put up on the MCPS website last night’s perfomance of Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus by the OHS Choir and Orchestra.

It would be a wonderful holiday greeting from the school system and it would highlight the type of excellence and oustanding achievement the MCPS has promised to deliver to the citizens of Manassas.

Merry Christmas from your most vigilant and dedicated critic,


p.s. You might want to edit out Dr Werner’s Eagle cheers at the end, while understandable, John probably should have realized that even ‘Go Eagles!’ is topped by the “Messiah.”

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Our Lady


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