Doubting Thomas

“I censored myself for 50 years when I was a reporter. Now I wake up and ask myself, ‘Who do I hate today?’” – Helen Thomas The Grand Dame of the Washington Press Corps files her last report.  Will they regret giving her so much deference?

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Fact-check: “Stand your ground” laws don’t increase murder, manslaughter rate

Give McClatchy some kudos for a balanced and evidence-based look at a subject receiving considerable demagoguery these days.  Despite the fact that Florida’s “stand your ground” had little application to the trial of George Zimmerman — he was pinned to the ground and unable to retreat when he felt afraid for his life according to the defense and not threatened at all according to the prosecution — politicians have attacked the self-defense law as a carte blanche for Wild West-type gun violence.  However, two dozen states have had SYG laws on the books for several years, and few of them had any increase in murders and manslaughters afterward:

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Kevin Ecker

Kevin Ecker began blogging back in 2002 at EckerNet.Com,as a way to extend the range of his voice. While his writings are fairly eclectic, he has lately focused on the immigration issue and national security issues. Occasionally frustrated with the state of the Republican Party, Kevin decided to eventually branch out and become officially politically active by volunteering with his local Republican Party BPOU, Senate District 37. He is now an elected officer, Secretary, of that BPOU and is the campaign manager for his local state Senator. Here at True North, while occasionally putting his sharp tongue to editorials, helps support the site behind the scenes as party of the True North Junta and the True North Tech Team. In real life, Kevin lives in his work-in-progress (house) in Apple Valley with his dog Sadie and his firearms collection.

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The Occasion Formerly Known as Independence Day

I should have known better. In a momentary lapse of judgment during which I allowed myself to become sentimental regarding this Independence Day, I searched out a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence and came across this video featuring several celebrity performers, many of whom may be recognized for their rabid attacks on the principles enshrined within that document. The irony of listening to Whoopi Goldberg recite the long list of usurpations committed by King George, in light of her sycophantic support of a sitting president who stands guilty of many of the same offenses, proves too much to bear.

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What is this “Freedom” Concept?

Last Saturday, I was honored to speak at the La I’natl Conference held in St. Paul. Laotian representatives from across the US, Canada and France arrive in SP to discuss projects and the tyrannical Laotian gernment. What follows is the talk I gave on Freedom. First – what freedom is NOT: the freedom to say and do whatever you want, whenever you want; the freedom to attack or take from others because you think you should have it; equal outcomes, equal wages, equal housing, etc.; and freedom cannot be given to someone (by a government or individual); if this were true, freedom could easily be taken away. 

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Declaration of Independence Trivia

Happy Independence Day! From the History Channel, here are 9 things you might not know about the Declaration of Indpendence: Independence Day, or the Fourth of July, celebrates the adoption by the Continental Congress of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. On the [237th] birthday of the United States, explore nine surprising facts about one of America’s most important founding documents. 1. The Declaration of Independence wasn’t signed on July 4, 1776.

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