Why Are Children Shooting At School… Because They Are Children

18 May 2018

Another school shooting occurred today… this one about 40 minutes from my residence. If you want the details, you can go here.

Timeline: How the deadly shooting at Santa Fe High School unfolded – ABC, 2018/05/18

Whenever one of these events happen, discussions often head towards gun safety and gun control. Maybe, mental illness is included in the discussion. I think we are missing the prime reason these occurrences continue happening… they are children.

For those of you old enough to remember, how much were you exposed to adult situations? Most parents back then protected their children from what situations, and what information they took in. Why? Because they were children – and they didn’t have the maturity to process adult situations. Generally speaking, we didn’t see R-rated movies. We weren’t exposed to non-stop sex. We weren’t exposed to information on making a bomb or an assault rifle.

Today with social media, cable television, and other entertainment, kids have access to everything at their fingertips. Let me rephrase that. Children now have access to the adult world at their fingertips… and guess what? They still don’t have the maturity to deal with adult situations. They don’t understand the weight of their actions. The best and most frequent example that occurs are when teens have sex and get pregnant. The culture hypes up all kind of sexual activity through music, television, movies, and pornography. Kids have access to this material. They can see it on television every day. I remember during the Clinton/Lewinsky scandal that middle schoolers began engaging in oral sex. That’s how influential this type of exposure can be. The problem is that they don’t have the maturity to understand the ramifications of becoming pregnant and having a child. The truth is that they are not supposed to understand… because they are children.

Kids don’t understand the weight of ending someone’s life. They don’t understand the pain that the family and surrounding community incurs. Like sex, violence is easily accessible for children. In many movies or television shows, violence is the means to problem solving. In real life, kids are exposed to real life violent situations, and it shapes how they think and how they solve problems. So now when kids are bullied in school, what’s the solution? More and more often, it’s violence.

When we see violence on television, or in a movie, or in a video game – we see the act, and then it’s over. The mess is cleaned up in an hour long TV drama, or a two hour movie. We don’t see the grief that follows for years from the family. We don’t see the life altering injuries of the survivors. We don’t see the months of rehab just to put one foot in front of the other. And that’s not even considering the associated medical costs. Kids have no idea of any of these real life adult issues.

So I expect the shootings to continue, because kids are still being exposed to adult situations which they can’t properly process. If you try and limit the exposure through regulations, there will be cries of censorship. The only answer is with the parents. Parents should control and monitor what their kids take in – especially when they are young. It should start on day 1 of their life. If you want to start getting control of the next generation… if you want to start preventing school violence, it’s not the guns – it’s their minds and spirits that must be cleaned up – and it starts at home.

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A letter to the boys and young men of America

28 Feb 2018

Regarding the school shooting in Parkland, Florida…

A letter to the boys & young men of America. – J Ishiro Finney, 2018/02/17

The boys and young men who will grow up to become one half of America’s future.
Once again, due to society’s failure to raise you, to teach you, to properly guide you on your path to manhood, your mere existence is being held responsible for seventeen more deaths—this time in Florida, and once again, at a school. The headlines of the last few days say it all:

“Guns don’t kill people; men and boys kill people, experts say”
-USA TODAY

“Michael Ian Black reacts to Florida shooting: Boys are broken”
-New York Daily News

“How Gun Violence And Toxic Masculinity Are Linked, In 8 Tweets”
-The Huffington Post

“Toxic white masculinity: The killer that haunts American life”
-Salon

“Toxic Masculinity Is Killing Us”
-The Boston Globe

“Toxic Masculinity Is Killing Us”
-Harpers Bazaar

“Don’t Blame Mental Illness for Mass Shootings; Blame Men”
-Politico

In the handful of decades I’ve been alive, I’ve seen America shift from a culture of responsibility to one of blame. We don’t solve problems anymore. We cry, we pray for, we seek to find closure, and then finally, slaughter a sacrificial lamb for our sins. When I was young and Columbine happened, that lamb was Marilyn Manson and video games. Before that, it was D&D and Twisted Sister. These days, though, as body counts continue to rise and excuses continue to vanish, the lamb America has chosen to sacrifice is you.

Read the rest.


Did Trump Want To Win or Not?

9 Jan 2018

Quick question…

A supposed “tell all” Trump book was released that said he did not want to win the election.

So which is it… did he collude with the Russians to win, or did he not want to win? It can’t be both…


John Stossel on Tax Reform

8 Nov 2017

2017/11/08 – Simpler Tax Simplification – Rasmussen Reports

As you read this, President Trump’s tax plan is being debated. Congress will change it. Where this ends, no one knows.

I want two things:

1. Simplification.

2. More money in private hands.

Trump offers some of both.

Read the rest for a good take on tax reform.


Is California Headed For Economic Disaster?

25 Oct 2017

Opinion piece from one who has served in the state government…

2017/10/19 – A Further Perspective… Adios, California – The American Spectator

The entire time I served in Sacramento, the Democrats were focused almost exclusively on legislation which either had to do with wealth redistribution or creating new “rights” for alleged victims such as illegal aliens, criminals, union members, homosexuals, transgenders and other “oppressed” groups. And it’s no different today. The reality is that the average middle class Californian hasn’t had representation in the halls of Sacramento for decades.


California’s $2.62 trillion economy is larger than that of France, Canada, Brazil, Russia, and Italy. However, that GDP stat does not factor in California’s cost of living, which is 36.2% higher than the national cost of living.


Silicon Valley “accounted for 50% of California’s private industry real GDP growth.” In other words, without a few dozen mega profitable high-tech Silicon Valley firms such as Apple, Google, and Facebook, California’s GDP would be significantly smaller.


The Federation for American Immigration Reform estimates that California spends $22 billion on government services for illegal aliens, including welfare, education, Medicaid, and criminal justice system costs. Liberals claim they more than make that up with taxes paid, but that’s simply not true. It’s not even close. FAIR estimates illegal aliens in California contribute only $1.21 billion in tax revenue, which means they cost California $20.6 billion, or at least $1,800 per household.


Today, large sections of California look like a Third World country with ramshackle buildings, junky cars and trash strewn everywhere. We even have outbreaks of Hepatitis A, just like the Third World has. A state cannot chase away the producers and attract the takers year after year without economic consequences. That doesn’t end well so there’s little doubt California is headed toward economic disaster.


Griffin Depicts Bloodied, Beheaded President

31 May 2017

Kathy Griffin has went too far. Even the extreme left has its limit. In case you haven’t heard, here’s the story.

2017/05/30 – Kathy Griffin apologizes for photo shoot with bloodied Trump mask, says she ‘went too far’ – Fox News

Kathy Griffin admitted Tuesday she “went too far” on her latest photo shoot with controversial photographer Tyler Shields in which she is holding a bloodied mask of President Trump.

After the backlash started… the she Tweeted…

“I am sorry. I went too far. I was wrong.”

The photographer is Tyler Shields.

Shields told Fox News that Griffin was hoping to create a bold message.


Shields added the image was meant to serve as art and he’s aware that it could make some viewers uncomfortable.

“That’s what art is meant to do,” he said. “Some people look at it and they love it. Some people look at it and they hate it… I understand there are going to be people that hate this. It’s a very touchy subject… but this is not real. We didn’t kill anybody nor do I feel anybody should be killed. It’s no different from a movie. It just happens to be a still image.”

In their minds, this is art, and an edgy message. Depicting an image of a bloodied beheaded U.S. president is art and an edgy message.

Many people really need to get a grip… particularly the news media, the actors, the people disappointed from the election, and those paid by and/or aligned with George Soros. Trump has been president for four months. There have been numerous protests, numerous acts of political violence towards those who supported Trump, numerous investigations without evidence of crimes, and he has no room to operate. Now I understand Trump does stir the pot as well, but I take that as responsive more than proactive. Throw in the deep state in the government who are against what he stands for.

Whatever you think about Trump, he affects everyone in this country. I can see if what he implements does not work. But what if does work? What if it does put more people to work once everything is in place? What if blacks and minorities in inner cities fare better?

The chaos in this country is not on Trump. The chaos is on the groups I mentioned earlier. They are putting out the message. They are organizing the protests. They are still investigating without evidence of crimes. That’s not Trump. And now we have Griffin’s demented nonsense.

So much for putting country first. Many would be OK burning the country down and turning it into Venezuela in order to get what they want. Where are the adults in this country?

If Kathy Griffin wants to resemble a functioning, mentally stable adult, she should directly apologize to Trump and his family. She and the photographer displayed a TOTAL lack of perspective with this nonsense.

2017/05/31 – THE LATEST: CNN CUTS TIES WITH KATHY GRIFFIN OVER VIDEO – AP

In addition to her losing the CNN job, a New Mexico casino said it was canceling a July live engagement, and she has lost a commercial endorsement she landed just weeks ago.


Horowitz Describes Political Landscape in the U.S.

26 May 2017

2017/05/26 – THE DEMOCRATS’ SECOND SECESSION & AMERICA’S NEW CIVIL WAR – Front Page Magazine

According to the Gallup organization, the normal duration of a presidential honeymoon in recent times has been seven months. The Democrats didn’t give Trump seven seconds. While he was president-elect, they were already attacking him as a racist, a “white nationalist,” anti-immigrant, and anti-Muslim; also an anti-democratic “fascist”- a would-be dictator. His election was called illegitimate, the alleged agent of a Russian conspiracy. This meme swiftly metastasized into one of the most bizarre witch-hunts in our political history, a “red scare” without actual reds, in which Democrat after Democrat stepped forward to allege that Trump had colluded with Vladimir Putin to steal the election.

I am giving Trump some room for reasonable mistakes. He is a political amateur. I can understand if you don’t like him, because there is a lot not to like. But the behavior from some who oppose Trump are simply un-American to me.

This is good article describing where we are politically in this country.