understand that a sheepdog is a funny critter: He is always sniffing around out on the perimeter, checking the breeze, barking at things that go bump in the night, and yearning for a righteous battle. That is, the young sheepdogs yearn for a righteous battle. 
 
The old sheepdogs are a little older and wiser, but they move to the sound of the guns when needed, right along with the young ones.

On Sheep Wolves and Sheepdogs 2010

In the wake of another school shooting where a young hispanic youth (who was instantly transformed into “white” by the MSM as soon as he pulled the trigger) there has been a lot of breast beating but not too many suggested solutions that aren’t focused on solving the problem rather than scoring political points.

In the interest of such a solution let me offer one.

I suggest a collaboration between local schools and chapters of the VFW and/or the American Legion to protect schools.

It seems to me that there is unlikely a school in the country where there aren’t at least a few students with uncles, or grandparents or great uncles who are members of the VFW/American legion.

I remember them from my youth when my father would take me to VFW events. These old guys were tough, they were fun loving and sometimes rough around the edges, but had an incredible love for their country and their families, because they knew the price they and some of their friends had paid to protect them.

It’s very likely that every single school has children with grandparents who are vets and members of these organization.

If you go to a local McDonalds you will see a lot of these fellows spending the morning, enjoying a 99 cent coffee and musing on the events of the day. They remember the service they once game and are proud of it, I suggest they be called into service once again.

I propose local chapters of the VFW and the American Legion put out a call for volunteers to find men willing to guard local schools and see if any of these old vets would be willing to stand a post a couple of days a week to protect the schools their grandchildren are now attending.

These fellows are old sheepdogs, well past the days of their youth, but they are still sheepdogs with the instinct to protect, particularly when it’s protecting their own.

I’ll suspect that a pilot program of this nature would produce an overwhelming response.

But DaTechGuy you say. These fellows are old, can they be expected to win a shootout with a young hoodlum with a semi automatic rifle?

There are several answers to this, consider the following:

In the first place, the presence of an armed guard, particularly an armed guard who as a vet has experience in firearms decreases the chances of a particular school being targeted. The wolf will usually choose an unguarded flock vs a guarded one.

In the second place, there is a big difference between shooting under fire and shooting unopposed. The ability of a potential school shooter, particularly one who has never been under fire, to engage against helpless students is seriously hampered if said shooter has to get by an armed person willing to fire, especially if said person has experience in being under fire.

Finally the primary job of such an old sheepdog isn’t to take out the school shooter, it’s to slow him down. If an old vet manages to hold up such a shooter for even five minutes that’s not only five minutes for the teachers to get students out of the school and to safety, but it’s five minutes for the local police to arrive to engage this shooter who suddenly has to worry about taking fire from his flank.

Those advantages alone are a reason to do this but there are also advantages of a social and cultural nature that arise out of this even if a shooter never ever comes

You get students seeing a vet close up, interacting with him and seeing our old solders as people to be admired rather than as our media portrays them.

You get older gentlemen giving an example of service, an example that will make a huge impression on the youth who are being protected at an age when such an impression can inspire the young toward service

You give such older gentlemen a purpose and pride.  No longer are they old soldiers to be forgotten but useful members of society performing a vital duty for the country in general and their local community in particular.

Finally you provide a very public male role model at a time when many young people do not have such examples.

 

Again this can be launched as a pilot program at a couple of schools and then expanded as personal become available.  Local schools could choose to accept or reject these offered guards.   Places that want them can get them, again through the local VFW/American Legion, those who don’t can reject them and take their chances.

For the social reasons alone this would be worthwhile, with the safety of our children at stake, I submit and suggest it’s  a win-win solution.

Anyways that’s my idea.


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If you believe the mainstream media and Hollywood celebrities, you’d think Americans with faith in God are fools, stooges or nutcases. But nothing can be further from the truth.

Until recently, progressives kept their disrespect for religious faith under wrap, but today they openly ridicule people who offer prayers for the victims of tragedies. They have no qualms about belittling individual believers like Vice President Mike Pence, whose faith in Christ was attacked by the cast of “The View” a few days ago.

Fortunately, I come in contact with a radically different America every week.

For nearly three years, I have been a patient visitor for the Spiritual Care Center at a local hospital. I’ve visited nearly 3,500 patients and countless loved ones while making my weekly rounds. In all that time, only 12 people have spurned me after I identified myself as a faith-based visitor. The rest have welcomed me with warmth and gratitude.

That’s certainly not what I expected when I started. When I report to the center, I’m given a list of patients, their room numbers and their church affiliation. From the first day, the church affiliation for at least half the patients was “None.”

But that information proved to be misleading. I found out many were uncomfortable about telling the hospital about their church, and the others professed a strong faith in God even if they weren’t currently active church-goers.

A good number of patients were surprised the hospital provided spiritual services. Almost invariably, they said they hesitated to talk to strangers about their faith because newspapers, internet sites, television and movies implied they were yokels, misguided or psychologically defective. Some said I gave them a chance to talk about God for the first time in ages. Many also expressed relief that they weren’t alone in cherishing their faith secretly.

While I’m not a proselytizer by any means, some have told me my visit has inspired them to rejoin a church.

The overwhelming majority of patients I’ve encountered are Christians, but I’ve also visited Jews, Hindus and Muslims. Only atheists, it seems, are averse to hearing that I will pray that God relieves their pain and grants them a speedy recovery.

I’ve visited a variety of patients, from recovering stroke victims and dementia sufferers to people who have had shoulder, knee or hip replacements. Sometimes, when a person with dementia is agitated, he or she will calm down and join me when I recite the Lord’s Prayer. That’s when I see the power of prayer in action.

The patients are as likely to inspire me even more than I do them

One whom I’ll never forget was a woman in her mid-50s who was being visited by two of her sons when I stopped by. She was bursting with laughter while the men sat grim-faced in chairs at her bedside.

She continued laughing as she greeted me. Rarely had I seen a patient in such high spirits, but her story was anything but funny. She had been diagnosed with cervical cancer a few months earlier and had been told earlier that day that the cancer had spread to several vital organs. Before I walked in, she had been arguing with her sons about her future treatments.

Her sons were trying to persuade her to forgo the agony of surgery and chemotherapy, but she would have none of that.

“My mother had the same kind of cancer, so I’m thinking it’s probably genetic,” she told me. “If I go through all these treatments, they might find one that works. I owe it to my kids and grandkis to help find a cure if this really something that I’ve passed on to them.”

I found myself a new hero that day.

Yes, visiting the afflicted is a two-way street. And I can’t think of a better way of learning how everyday folks are bolstered by their faith in God even when the mainstream media offers them nothing but mockery and disrespect.

When the Senate passed the the National Defense Authorization Act in November of 2017, it was unclear whether President Donald Trump would sign off on the bill. There had already been significant differences between the House and Senate versions of the critical compromise defense policy bill before the final draft was passed by the House.

One month later, Trump made the bold move to espouse this landmark piece of legislation. The bill allocates just under $700 billion in national defense spending at a time when America needs a stronger military than ever before.

As attacks by the Islamic State continue to proliferate, we face an ever-more-pervasive threat. But it’s not just ISIS that we have to cope with. There is the far more vast problem of cyberwarfare. Now that the fiscal year has begun, we will begin to see the sundry areas in which the military budget will be spent.

Cyber crime damage costs are expected to hit $6 trillion by 2021 as more and more far flung cyber attacks proliferate across the globe. Last year, Russia-backed hackers were believed to be behind interruptions in Latvia’s mobile communications network. Syrian cybercriminals targeted activists opposed to the Syrian president’s regime with malware.

And the Wannacry ransomware attack perpetrated by North Korea proves beyond a reasonable doubt that cyber attacks are the future of modern warfare. Fortunately for Americans, the NDAA of 2018 is the future of the US military.

The bill includes a mandate for a blockchain cybersecurity research study, something that will mobilize the Armed Forces, better equipping them to deal with all contingencies that can arise in the field. The language of the bill is part of the wider MGT (Modernizing Government Technology Act) which revolves around improvement of the government’s IT and cybersecurity systems.

The bill establishes a Technology Modernization Fund that will shake the cobwebs off the government’s antiquated and outmoded information technology infrastructure. By rolling legislation from Rep. Will Hurd and Steny Hoyer into one, the bill promises to ascertain how these technologies are being harnessed by the enemy and how the US government can implement them.

As the bill puts it, the blockchain study will be “an assessment of efforts by foreign powers, extremist organizations, and criminal networks to utilize such technologies;…[and] an assessment of the use or planned use of such technologies by the Federal Government and critical infrastructure networks.”

The results of the study due to be delivered to Congress before July and will be prepared by the Department of Defense. The DoD is no stranger to the technology, having released their Cyber Strategy back in 2015.

As then-Secretary of Defense Ash Carter explained at the time, “The United States relies on the Internet and the systems and data of cyberspace for a wide range of critical services. This reliance leaves all of us – individuals, militaries, businesses, schools, and government – vulnerable in the face of a real and dangerous cyber threat.”

Trump has been adamant about putting more money into the military since before he took office, vowing to rebuild it and eliminate the defense sequester. Obviously, he is a man of his word as he has granted the military “total authorization” to make combat decisions which has enabled the armed forces to be “more aggressive” in the War on Terror.

Even the liberals have been enthusiastic about the Trump administration’s decision to continue and intensify the US military mission in Afghanistan which includes cyber missions.

Some arms of the US military have already taken measures to train their officers in computer science. The Cyber Ops Squadron at Arkansas’ Little Rock Air Force Base offers the Cyber Skills Validation Course for both active duty and reserve forces. They have long been committed to cyber awareness and use state-of-the-art facilities to explore ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) and Command and Control in and through cyberspace.

Subjects include encrypted networks, secure web hosting, coding, preliminary surveillance and threat identification.

As for the NDAA, it is likely we will see some of the bill’s alotted money going to improving cyber facilities, such as the 13 cyber units of the National Guard and US Army Cyber Command.

In December of 2017, it was reported that the National Guard was still having trouble filling cyber positions with National Guard Chief Gen. Joseph Lengyel telling Federal News Radio, “Our cyber pipeline is still constrained. Some of it is constrained by our ability to find people that can fill it, who can actually qualify to go to the slots.”

Perhaps, the Trump administration will see fit to sink some of the bill’s 2018 monies into payroll for the Cyber Mission Force whose agenda is to protect Defense Department networks, protect our homeland from cyber intrusions and assist in offensive missions.

Other areas that could be beefed up include firearms financing as the military makes the move to the M17 and needs for new magazines and other accessories become necessary.

No matter what they decide to do, it seems obvious that they’re on the right track with this exciting bill that will no doubt bolster military efforts here and abroad.

By:  Pat Austin

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SHREVEPORT —  As a high school educator I have spent the last several years of my career lamenting the distraction that is social media in the classroom.  When I started teaching twenty-two years ago I didn’t own a cell phone.  Not many of my students did either and at that time I taught in a school with a fairly affluent student body.

Things have changed.

Schools have struggled with the rapid advancement of this technology, too.  Initially, the devices were banned from school, then banned from the classroom, then banned from being visible (“we know you have a phone, just keep it in your purse or backpack so it’s not a distraction”), and eventually we’ve ended up where classrooms are embracing cell phone technology.

There are many ways the phones can be used in the classroom and thousands of educational apps that kids can use either independently or as a class activity.

There is always some district policy on phones, then it filters to the school level, then to the classroom and at that point there is a wide diversity of how teachers deal with them.  Some have very strict “no phones!” rules, some have “cell phone jail” systems, and some just don’t care, defeated, and will turn a blind eye to it.

Social media is a big deal: there are 800 million monthly users on Instagram as of September 2017 and half of these users are between 19 and 29 years of age.  For marketing your brand, Instagram is huge, and getting bigger:

Due to the apps visual nature and high user engagement rate, Instagram is also a valuable social media marketing tool. As of March 2016, 98 percent of fashion brands had an Instagram profile. As of December 2016, average number of image brand posts on Instagram was 27.9 posts per month.

This is not your Snapchat teenager group.  As of January 2017, there were 300 million Snapchat users.  Forty-five percent of Snapchat users are between 18-24 years old.

As for Facebook, research shows that people use Facebook primarily for keeping up with family and friends. With two billion monthly active users, Facebook is still alive and well.

Twitter is still huge with over 300 million active monthly users, but Twitter’s growth has stalled.  Twitter is still very popular for news sharing and for celebrity stalking.  With American presidents using Twitter to broadcast policy these days, it’s impossible to deny Twitter’s viability, but there are some troubling signs:

Despite a steady revenue growth – the company’s 2016 revenue amounted to 2.5 billion U.S. dollars, up from 2.2 billion in the preceding fiscal year – Twitter has yet to report a positive net income. In 2016, it’s annual net loss amounted to almost 457 million U.S. dollars.

These are all very big numbers and it’s clear that social media is the new frontier for pushing your brand.  I’ve spent some time researching Instagram over the past few days and experimenting with my own feed.  I started an Instagram account several years ago only to keep up with photos of my new grandson who lives in another state.  I never posted to it and had about thirty followers.  I just enjoyed looking at everyone else’s photos. Now I’m engaging with the platform more and the followers are coming fast. (In the Instagram world I’m barely a blip on the radar when it comes to followers.)

It’s easy to see why Instagram is such an engaging platform.  Everyone has their own niche and the big brands and celebrities are there as well.  Currently, National Geographic has over 86 million followers.  Nike is right behind them.  Celebrities with huge followings include Selena Gomez with 133 million followers and Beyonce with 111 million followers.

On a more real level, people are using Instagram more than ever to promote their brand.  Consider Hilary Rushford, New York stylist and former Radio City Rockette, who decided a day job cubicle wasn’t for her and formed the Dean Street Society which is a motivational company helping people develop the best of themselves, whether it’s personal style, entrepreneurship, defining a business model, or marketing. She has 167 thousand followers and is growing fast.

So back to the classroom: how does this all tie in?  The kids in my classroom have never known a life without digital technology.  They are totally connected and invested in their phones.  Teachers today must find a way to make that work for you instead of against you.  It’s hard to engage a kid in the merits of Macbeth when they’re more interested in the latest cat video on YouTube or taking a selfie with a cute Snapchat filter.  The reality is there.  As educators we have to embrace it and work with it,  otherwise you are doomed to one semester after another of frustration.  There are many ideas out there to help figure out ways to engage students through social media.

Social media is here to stay, and it’s growing.  Make it work for you, whether you’re in the classroom or promoting your brand, blog, or posting a cat video.

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.  Follow her at instagram.com/patbecker25

The Current dispute between Poland and Israel over the history of the Nazi Occupation of Poland during World War two is one of the most foolish things I’ve seen two countries do in a long time.

It not only serves the purpose of their common enemies, of which there are many, to foment trouble between common friends made to take sides but clouds a fact so obvious that it’s almost embarrassing to have to say it:

Poland and Israel are natural allies.

Think about how many things Poland & Israel have in common:

Both Poland and Israel are dealing with a left that berates them for defending their boarders.
Both Poland and Israel have forcibly made stands against Islamic Terror
Both Poland and Israel are threatened  by Russian Allies
Both Poland and Israel and have been invaded by either the Russians or their allies during their countries lives.
Both Poland and Israel have found themselves in longshot wars against multiple enemies in the last century.
Both Poland and Israel have minorities (Russian & Arab) within their borders that are natural allies of their enemies.
Both Poland and Israel have historically had their countries overrun conquered, and wiped off the map and know what is to lose their homeland

Finally

Both Poland and Israel are strongly pro-america, strong allies and part of United States Defensive Planning.

That’s why this dispute over history is not only dangerous but plays right into the hands of those who today, not 30, or 50 or 75 years ago directly threaten both Poland and Israel.

No country likes to be the subject of mendacity and to state that the Polish State was complicit in the Holocaust, when it was overrun by BOTH the Nazi’s and the Soviets in WW2 and  furthermore was subject of an armed occupation that didn’t end until 1992 (a full 44 years after the state of Israel was established) is not only the height of absurdity but a legitimate insult. Israel who has been the subject of international blood libels can appreciate that

At the same time to deny that, like in every country that the Nazi’s occupied, there were Polish collaborators both willing and unwilling who aided Nazi attempts to exterminate the Jewish race, or to deny any existence of antisemitism, either current or past, on the part of Polish nationals is also hogwash. Pols who had to deal with 40 years of occupation as a Russian satellite and force fed propaganda in an attempt to whitewash their history can appreciate that.

Now I’m a free speech guy and I think Poland is making a mistake with this law targeting speech, even libelous speech against their government. It’s much too easy for such a law to be abused, further if you can ban one type of speech you can ban another. If a person chooses to make an ass of himself by saying outrageous things I say let that person freely do so and let others freely call out such people for the liars and asses they are. This is something Israel has to deal with all the time.

So in the interest in uniting these national allies, both of whom I admire, may I humbly suggest the following joined declaration by the Polish and the Jewish states:

We the states of Israel and Poland Jointly Affirm the Following:

That both Jewish people and Polish people were victims of the 2nd World War

That the Polish State bears no responsibility for the atrocities of the Holocaust and any attempt to declare it so is a base lie

That any attempt to deny the Holocaust, or to deny that some individuals from occupied countries, including Poland, collaborated with Nazi attempts to destroy European Jewry is also a base lie.

That the scourge of antisemitism, both in the past and its current resurgence, both in the Arab world and within Europe particularly among Islamic migrants  is an international disgrace.

Poland and Israel both not only condemn antisemitism but commit themselves  as nations to opposing its spread.

The states of Poland and Israel both have the right to exist, secure within their own borders and have the right and obligation to protect and secure those boarders for the sake of their people.

That Israel commits itself to the protection of and the free access to sites in the Holy Land that are considered sacred not only to the Polish People but to Christians worldwide moved by the love of God and the desire to serve him.

That Poland commits itself to the protection of and the free access to sites in Poland that are considered sacred not only to Jews but to those worldwide who wish preserve the memory of those who the Nazis attempted to exterminate and to unite in the cry of “Never Again!”

Finally both Poland and Israel both affirm their commitment to fight the war against international terrorism and, when possible cooperate to bring the scourges of ISIS and Al Qaeda and all terrorist who would target the innocent to their knees.

I can think of no better way to not only defuse this crisis but to send a message to Poland’s and Israel’s common enemies that while like all friends there might be occasional disagreements between the two, they will stand united against the common enemies seeking to bring them both down.


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By John Ruberry

“But she goes not abroad, in search of monsters to destroy.”
John Quincy Adams on America.

The United States has survived a Civil War and two world wars, and the Cold War.

But can it survive Russian bots? And a search for “monsters.”

Thirteen Russians were indicted on Friday–none were arrested because they don’t live here–for interfering in the 2016 presidential election by acting as “trolls” from St. Petersburg. These “bots” utilized Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to stir up controversy and discord. The group that the accused were associated with was appropriately known as “the Troll Farm.” The scheme was hatched in 2013, a year before Donald Trump declared his candidacy for president, which you’ll recall was initially viewed by nearly everyone as a sideshow and a stage for the real estate mogul to promote his businesses and his Celebrity Apprentice television franchise.

Last spring Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced his appointment of former FBI director Robert Mueller as the special prosecutor on alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia to investigate “any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump; and…any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation.”

The Troll Farm issued such click-baity stories like this one, which I recall seeing, “Hillary Clinton has already committed voter fraud during the Democrat Iowa Caucus.”

As with the indictments of former Trump campaign officials Paul Manafort, who briefly was Trump’s campaign manager, and Rick Gates, none of this has anything to do with so-called Russian collusion between Trump World and Russia. The same can be said of the plea deals between former White House National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and low-lever staffer George Papadopolous. These four men clearly fall under “any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation,” The last two pleaded guilty to lying to federal officials but not colluding with Russia. The first two have been charged for actions that predate Trump’s presidential run.

Which led the president to remark on Twitter a few hours ago, “I never said Russia did not meddle in the election, I said ‘it may be Russia, or China or another country or group, or it may be a 400 pound genius sitting in bed and playing with his computer.’ The Russian ‘hoax’ was that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia – it never did!”

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So far Rosenstein, remember he’s the man who appointed Mueller as special prosecutor, agrees.

“There is no allegation that any American is a knowing participant,” Rosenstein said when announcing the indictments of the 13 Russians. “There is no allegation that the charge altered the outcome of the 2016 election.”

And the search for “monsters,” Trump calls it a witch hunt, goes on. While Mueller seems to be on to something with the bots, where was Barack Obama when the Troll Farm broke ground during his presidency? Obama famously and wrongly ridiculed Mitt Romney for calling Russia “our number one geopolitical foe” in a debate. Shortly before leaving office, Obama did tell Vladimir Putin, “cut it out.”

Grrr!

All the same, America will survive the bots.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit. His wife, who was born in the Soviet Union, is not a Russian spy, she assures him.

You’ve likely heard or seen the video of criminals in Chicago cheering an inmate who murdered a high ranking police officer.

What I don’t understand is why anyone is surprised that they were cheering or even shocked by it?

On campus’ , at political rallies, and though the MSM it’s been made clear that the police are the enemy, that they are not to be trusted and to be hated and feared, particularly by people of color.

Furthermore  members of both media and academia have expressed support for Antifa the violent thugs who often clash with or intimidate police.

All of those things have been done publicly for the last several years, and yet people are still shocked when inmates cheer the murder of police.

Go ahead, ask any democrat particularly one who might run in a majority-minority district if they condemn those inmates and what them add a caveat condemning police actions if they say anything at all.

The wonder isn’t that these inmates are doing so, the wonder is we haven’t reached the point where candidates for the left aren’t joining in the cheers, because once they decide it is a necessary part of winning an election, they will fight to see who can clap the loudest.

I predict this will happen in my lifetime, and frankly I wouldn’t be surprised to see it before the next presidential election and if the me of today told me that would be the case 10 years ago I wouldn’t have believed him.

President Obama, AG Holder, MSM take a bow.

by baldilocks

Series originally published in 2014.

In the first part, I expressed my ambivalence toward Black History Month; here, I mean to make the case for its necessity.

The Second Mind

A few months back, a person at another blog asked this question:  how has America’s slave history affected present-day black Americans? The answer sits right in front of our eyes, and is so common that it almost never goes noticed: nearly all black Americans who are not recent African immigrants or the progeny of recent African immigrants have European surnames. This phenomenon is a direct result of American slavery.

Upon Emancipation, some former slaves took the last names of their most recent former master; others retained the names of earlier masters; still others appropriated their own surnames, often that of American presidents up to 1865. (This is the reason there are so many black Americans with last names of Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Jackson, Lincoln and Johnson.)

But the point is that, black Americans were, under pain of punishment, severed from their pre-American histories and our names reflect this severance, the special circumstances of the author notwithstanding.

To quote myself:

Black Americans—specifically, the descendants of American slavery–are the most American of Americans. […] Unlike all other immigrants to America, our ancestors were forcibly cut off from all of the totems of their various West African tribes: names, languages, family structures, belief systems.  These things have buoyed all other ethnic groups—including recent African immigrants—in their sojourn to this country and all of them had the choice to hold onto the elements of their cultures that fit into the American ideal and discard those which were incompatible.  American slaves were granted no such luxury.  Our ancestors were emptied of their identities and re-created in the image of what America had for them.

The Ottoman Empire provided a precedent for this practice and the stripping of the old identity coupled with the prohibition of other forms of indigenous African communication had a similar purpose: to cut off “un-coded” communication between slaves, and, thereby, prevent conspiracies. Moreover, as the Ottoman Empire aspired to create soldiers in its own image, America aspired to create a slave-class in its own image. And the long-term effect of this practice remains embedded in our very identities.

So what is the big deal about not knowing the history of one’s people? I am often shocked to hear  Americans who celebrate the vision and foresight of the American Founders ask that question. We—all Americans—rightly hearken to the ideals on which this country is based in order to get some perspective on the present and as guidance on how to proceed in the future. And we examine this country’s success and failures for the same reasons. And further, many Americans celebrate being descended from Mayflower passengers or from specific American Indian tribes; or from Japan, or Ireland, or…

Black Americans, however, cannot point to an actual ethnic heritage which contributed to the mix that is America, for the reasons specified. And the ad hoc heritage which we are continuously building and fashioning is rooted in slavery–foundationally shaky and something about which many of us are unjustifiably ashamed. And, as a result of that misplaced shame, all too many of us take that shame, turn it outward, and use it as a cudgel in an attempt to shame white Americans. The result: white guilt.

It’s time for that mindset to end and there are two methods of ending it.

First, we need to stop viewing the slavery of our ancestors as a subject of shame. It is what it is and it is more than what it is…it removed us from the influences of idolatry and Islam. That’s how God works and he did something similar with the ancient Israelites.

Secondly, black history needs to shake off the “rah-rah, Team Black” aspect and focus on the truth — good and bad –as much as possible. Something which will be an aid: technological advances in DNA testing. This has served to lift the fog which used to surround American slave ancestry and I predict that those who avail themselves of it will become less focused on the victimology inherent in celebrating the depredations of slavery and more focused on the the good and bad of our American heritage and of our singular African tribal heritage–if desired.

Next part: what’s in it for white people?

To Be Continued…


Between the end of the Transatlantic Slave Trade in the 1850s and the Mboya Airlift of 1959, black African immigration to the USA was kept at almost zero.

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We need to talk about school shootings.

Somehow in the past, we didn’t have this problem. Somehow, kids brought guns to school all the darn time without deciding that it was a good idea to gun down their fellow students. I was guilty of leaving a bunch of shotgun shells in my book bag in 4th grade, because I had gone hunting with my dad the previous weekend. While we had the occasional lunatic, school shootings were pretty rare. Most violent crime happened outside school, and thankfully our crime rate overall has continued to decline over the last twenty years, so we’ve actually gotten safer over time.

So what’s different?

Continue reading “Save our kids by giving teachers guns and banning Facebook”

…because they’ll have a bad reaction to this:

Sope Aluko, a Christian actress born in Nigeria who holds U.S. and British citizenship, said that the set of “Black Panther” (2018) felt “almost like church.”

“During breaks we shared our testimony of how we got to where [we] did and most of the people were testifying to God’s miracles, it was almost like church,” Aluko told Okay Africa’s Ezinne Mgbeahuruike.

Maybe Joy will suggest they all should be committed, actually she wouldn’t have the guts.  It’s one thing to call Mike Pence crazed for his Christian beliefs, it’s quite another to risk accusations of racism to suggest the same of an almost exclusively black movie cast.

I wonder if Gus Kenworthy will refuse to shake their believing Christian hands too?