Animal Rights Activists Endanger Chickens in Massive ‘Rescue’

Animal rights activists forcibly broke into a farm supplying Whole Foods with eggs and stole chickens in broad daylight last week. Local farmers worry that in their zeal to save chickens the activists actually endangered them.

The Direct Action Everywhere “rescue,” which involved hundreds of activists transported to Petaluma, California, on seven buses on May 29, comes as the latest action targeting Whole Foods or businesses connected with the supermarket giant.

“They were bused in,” Toni Brooks, a neighbor of the targeted Sunrise Farms property, told The American Spectator of the estimated 300 to 400 activists descending on the city about an hour north of San Francisco. “They marched up the street with signs saying, ‘Funeral Procession.’”

Brooks’s husband Phil, also a local farmer, found the rhetoric confusing given that the poultry on the targeted farm produce eggs and not meat.

“All of them are for eggs,” Brooks told The American Spectator. “There are no meat birds here. They were yelling at us that we were ‘baby eaters’ because we eat eggs.”

The protesters came from Animal Liberation Conference 2018, an event hosted by the Save Movement and Direct Action Everywhere at the University of California, Berkeley. Wayne Hsiung, the cofounder of Direct Action Everywhere, laid out the group’s purpose to activists immediately before the event, cryptically labeled “Action #4” on the conference schedule. He told them that they traveled to Petaluma to rescue sick birds before leading a march up a road. The action resulted in 40 arrests.

“They got down into the chickens before the police got there,” Phil Brooks, who confronted the activists, explained to The American Spectator. “They pried the door open using crowbars. This is a steel building — brand new, million-dollar building. The employees inside tried to hold the doors closed.

“They barged their way in and there were women who were employees — they were grabbing the women and throwing them down, out of the way. The women tried to hold them back but they just kept pushing the women out of the way and they went right on in.”

In another building, the activists absconded with a dozen to several dozen chickens. They draped white cloths around the chickens they labeled sick or injured and black cloths around dead ones.

The farm houses several hundred thousand chickens. By entering the farm without a foot bath or other standard precautions, the activists, critics say, threatened with sickness the very birds they claimed to save from sickness.

“All farms in today’s world are very high biosecurity,” fifth-generation farmer Trent Loos explains to The American Spectator. “You cannot afford to let anybody to come on your farm. People can put the entire population of chickens in jeopardy.”

As they ignored farm-specific customs to protect animals, the activists dismissed civilizational ones to protect people, as well.

“The women and the guys were going in between these vans and using it as a bathroom,” Phil Brooks explains of the makeshift, open-air bathroom on the farmer’s property. “Oh, yeah. One guy, I yelled at him. I said, ‘Hey, what are you wiping yourself with?’ It was totally unsanitary and uncalled for. There was garbage all over, plastic bottles from water, and whatever they were eating.”

Brooks concedes that, after prodding from him and other locals, the protesters thoroughly policed their trash. But they drew a line, and flashed a “peace” sign, when asked to remove their excrement.

Apart from livestreaming the event, the protesters invited the local media and dispatched drones to document from the skies. But farmers say that, despite the extensive preparations to chronicle the action, the demonstrators never bothered to educate themselves on the proper hygienic protocols for close encounters with farm animals.

“In the United States and in California, cows, hogs, and chickens have received viruses from immigrants, where the people passed a virus to the animals,” Loos points out. “H1N1, for instance, was passed from the people to the animals.”

Local farmers find out in the coming weeks that if an action taken to save animals results instead in widespread animal deaths.

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This Bear Picked a Fight With the Wrong Elk

The video footage was taken near Flagstaff, Arizona and shows a bear cub big enough to kill the elk charging at it.

With mama bear nowhere in sight, a blond-phase bear cub faces off with a young elk in the woods by a photographer who gets a little too close for comfort.

From the footage, it looks like the baby bear was able to injure the baby elk. Unfortunately the footage doesn’t show what happened afterwards, but it’s possible that the bear was able to finish the job.

Young Elk Shot After Human Contact

Last year, a five minute video of a photographer getting cozy with an elk made the rounds. Sitting on the side of the road with his equipment, the elk gets closer and closer until he starts pushing the man with his antlers and head until the man had to run for his car to honk.

The poor creature was killed shortly afterwards by the rangers who felt the elk was more likely to approach other humans and cause future harm. It was killed because of a photograph and a video that went viral. The elk was euthanized because people wouldn’t stop feeding it, he kept approaching visitors.

Indeed, it was a great risk as especially the elk could’ve accidentally injured the photographers eyes and or face due to his carelessness. Any photographer or person with common sense wouldn’t be sitting on the road and would be using lenses to observe the animals in their natural habitat.

For another stressful encounter, bowhunters found themselves ten yards away from two adult male elk fighting. The hunter holds his bow as the animals slowly move away, but he managed to shoot one of them while they were still locked together without drawing attention to himself.

There must be something in the water near these elk grounds, because people just keep finding themselves far too close for comfort such as the video of the elk in Yellowstone.

Then, there’s the electrified deer that keeps getting the best of a hungry bear who never quiet learns his lesson. The North American brown bear, or grizzly, in the footage is filmed remotely and he keeps resting the waters until the electricity is disconnected.

A Montana grizzly bear attempts to retrieve an electrically charged, road-killed deer. The deer is electrified as an experiment to protect hunters’ game kills and, in turn, to minimize bear-human encounters.

Arizona Is Going Crazy

Recently, we announced that Arizona would be requiring people in the state looking to board domestic flights to purchase a $25 identification card expressly to fulfill a federal regulation that’s been on the books since 2005.

The airport in Flagstaff, which takes about 60,000 passengers every year is among the new airports that will require the ID.

“As well, these new identification cards will be required to access certain federal and military bases. But, minors traveling with an adult who fulfills the requirement of the new ID will be able to forgo needing to purchase one. It is unclear whether an Arizona resident may skip the trouble by driving to an airport in California or New Mexico.

The purchase cost of the IDs will be $25, half a day of wasted time in the MVD and they will last for eight years.”

More Animal Encounters

Recently, a strange looking creature was shot in Montana. The rancher called in the kill, thinking he had shot a particularly aggressive wolf, but local animal authorities sent the carcass off for more testing because he was missing some telltale signs of being a pure wolf.

The animal is suggested to be a rare wolf/dog hybrid, which is a type of animal almost exclusively bred in captivity owing to the territorial nature of wolves.

Hybrid pups can have varied appearances due to the mixed genetic bag, and their behavior is difficult to predict. Because of the difficulty in caring for a hybrid, thousands of pet wolves and pet hybrids are abandoned or euthanized every year.

So, if the DNA turns out that the strange beast shot in Denton, Montana is a hybrid, it was likely dropped off in the woods by an owner who bite off more than he could chew.

Source: Wide Open Spaces

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Memorial Day: “The widow and the orphan”

As another Memorial Day dawns, I’m reminded that around this time last year Ed Morrissey asked the question, Have we forgotten the meaning of Memorial Day? I was doing some reading on the subject over the weekend and found that worries over a failure to properly honor this occasion don’t just stretch back for my entire life. The battle to keep to the intent of Memorial Day is essentially as old as the holiday itself.

Last year, Time Magazine put together a great historical piece on just that subject. The complaints about the fading purpose of the holiday actually began less than a score of years after the close of the Civil War. This was observed early on when the editors of the New York Tribune wrote in 1878, “It would be idle to deny that as individual sorrow for the fallen fades away the day gradually loses its best significance. The holiday aspect remains; how much longer the political character of the observance will linger we dare not guess.”

I suppose that their worries were, at least in some ways, valid. But the complete loss of the Memorial Day message never took place, proven by the fact that we’re still arguing over it 140 years later. Many people still do their best and we delight in telling the stories of folks who hew to the real meaning of the holiday, such as “The Good Cemeterian.” But the fact remains – as observed annually by so many others – that Memorial Day has largely become the opposite anchor to Labor Day. One marks the unofficial beginning of summer, the other the end of it.

This evolution of the holiday should probably give us pause if we’re out there having a barbeque today and partying down without any thought for the two categories of people who it was all supposed to be for. There are the Honored Dead, who fill places like Arlington, and then there are those who are left behind. Keep in mind that Memorial Day – or Decoration Day as it was long also called – was originally put in place as a permanent reminder of the more than 600,000 lives lost in the Civil War, later expanding to cover all the wars that followed.

Those who actually participated in the Civil War understood it best. Shortly after the holiday was made official, Union General John A. Logan wrote, “Let us, then, at the time appointed, gather around their sacred remains and garland the passionless mounds above them with choicest flowers of springtime; let us raise above them the dear old flag they saved from dishonor; let us in this solemn presence renew our pledges to aid and assist those whom they have left among us as sacred charges upon the Nation’s gratitude, the soldier’s and sailor’s widow and orphan.”

The phrase widow and orphan is the key takeaway here. This ties in with some of the observations Ed Morrissey made last year. Following World War 2, most of the country was either directly affected by the losses we sustained in the war or knew someone who was. But the shifting nature of our military leaves us today with only a tiny fraction of families who are connected by blood and tears to those who fight and, to this day, still sometimes die. Memorial Day, as General Logan said, is in place to not only remember the Honored Dead but to comfort those they left behind.

Most Americans can, if so inclined, go out to a cemetery today and stand in awe, seeing the flags marking the “passionless mounds” which cover the fallen. The reverence most feel is of an abstract nature, speaking to a general sense of gratitude and patriotism. But the spouses and children of the Honored Dead experience the day in a far more raw and wrenching fashion. There’s nothing theoretical about their pain and sense of loss. Yet when they see the rest of the nation joining them in placing flowers and flags, observing a moment of silence, we can at least hope that they take some comfort in the communal sense of mourning, assured yet again that their very real and rending sacrifice when they forever gave up their husbands and wives, mothers and fathers, was not in vain.

The list of those who join the ranks of the Honored Dead in America has, thankfully, grown shorter year by year. But still, it grows. New names are added and every one of them leaves their own “soldier’s and sailor’s widow and orphan” behind. If you need a reason to keep hold of the original meaning of Memorial Day today, that should be more than enough.

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If You Ever Go To The Dentist And Then Find One Of These Bumps On Your Hand, Dial 911

Science has revealed to us that our bodies are an interconnected machine where one part affects another that affects another. We understand that something that happens in one area can effect what happens to another. Not many people realize that there can be a connection between something that goes on in the mouth with something that goes on in the heart with something that goes on in the hand.

Endocarditis is an infection in or on the lining of the heart chambers and valves within the heart itself. It happens when a bacteria, fungi, or other germs from one part of the body spread through the bloodstream and attaches to a part of the heart. These germs or bacteria will cause an infection that will plague the heart. This is exactly what happened to a young man in Canada.

A 27-year-old man from Canada was recently diagnosed with endocarditis after complaining of abdominal pain, fever, night sweats, and a loss of appetite. He also displayed a painful aneurysm in the palm of his hand. The diagnosis baffled doctors because of the youth of the patient, but they understood what had gone on as they further questioned the young man about the previous few weeks of his life.

They ran tests on the young man, including a blood culture that came back positive for streptococcus salivarius. This is a bacteria that is commonly found in the mouth. They also discovered that he had dead tissue on his spleen and left kidney. They also discovered an infected mass on the aortic valve of his heart.

After going to the dentist for routine work, a bacteria got into his bloodstream and had made its’ way around the body. It was affecting his spleen, kidneys, heart, and the blood vessels in his hand. The bacteria were able to spread throughout the body via his bloodstream and cause all sorts of problems throughout the young man’s body. Although it is serious, doctors were able to handle the issues.

He was given antibiotics that were able to clear up the bacterial infection throughout his body. The antibiotics were able to clear up most of the issues except for his heart. This required a major surgery to repair the valve of his heart. This particular valve is the one that controls blood flow into the major artery of the body. It was a serious problem that required a serious heart surgery.

It is a crazy thing how interconnected your body is. A routine visit to the dentist was able to cause this young man so many problems and extensive time to repair it and heal from it. It makes one think about the little things that we do every day that are not always the best idea. We need to understand that although our bodies are amazing things, that do amazing things, they can also be a sensitive thing that can be affected by the smallest of issues. This is a reminder to us all to take care of our bodies and to pay attention to the things that we do to it.

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Drake assistant Matt Woodley turns to Cleveland Clinic for daughter’s care

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Empowering veterans in civilianhood: Reshaping the narrative through the VET OPP Act – AEI – American Enterprise Institute: Freedom, Opportunity, Enterprise


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Chairman Arrington, Ranking Member O’Rourke, and distinguished members of this subcommittee:

Thank you for the opportunity to appear here today, as you consider tangible measures to uplift our nation’s veterans in their transition from war to work and successful civilian lives. It is an honor.

Veterans are the unacknowledged permanent ambassadors of national service. How we publicly portray veterans directly relates to how society conceptualizes military service, including what happens to an individual during that service. In an all-volunteer force, reputation is key to the attractiveness of joining a profession that can end in death or permanent disability.

To encourage young men and women to join its ranks, the Department of Defense relies heavily on programs and benefits provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Those who choose to wear the nation’s uniform, as well as those who choose not to, are influenced by how well Congress and the VA care for veterans’ post-service reputations and for their physical bodies.

The types of legislation that Congress passes, and the programs and benefits the VA prioritizes, powerfully shape the veteran narrative. Crucially, it influences veterans’ own perception of their identity and worth in the post-service context.

From Citizen-Soldiers to Soldiers-Citizens: Creating Identity

The proposed Veterans’ Education, Transition, and Opportunity Prioritization Plan Act of 2018, or VET OPP Act, reflects how veterans grow their post-service civilian identity in a whole-health manner. It recognizes that having a fourth high-level, prominent institutional VA mechanism—a Veterans’ Economic Opportunity and Transition Administration, headed by its own under secretary—can light the pathway to success for post-service veterans, similarly to how Department of Defense mechanisms involving training, sense of purpose, and a shared community shape young civilians into successful soldiers.

Currently, approximately half (50.3 percent) of active duty enlisted personnel are 25 years old or younger. Somewhat fewer (43.8 percent) of the entire military force are in that age bracket.1 Developmentally speaking, this is the “emerging adulthood” period—a period of rapid development involving key struggles surrounding personal identity. The military offers concrete answers to common existential questions, reinforcing them through experience, during this normative period.

The positive self-regard cultivated during military service becomes a focal point of the psychological changes that often distinguish the period of transition out of the military. Research from Columbia University reveals that veterans experience grief-like symptoms at the loss of their previous military identity which in turn augments all the stressors of a life transition, when facing the initial instability of civilian life and lacking the order and purpose that characterized their service.2

The media and the public overwhelmingly call this experience of veteran transition stress PTSD and erroneously believe that the majority of all post-9/11 veterans have a mental health disorder. Unfortunately, since funded research at VAs and military treatment facilities prioritizes PTSD research, and since the preponderance of well-intentioned veteran legislation post-9/11 emphasizes mental health disorders, the public, potential employers, and veterans themselves are trapped in the inaccurate and harmful “broken veteran” narrative cycle.3

Identity, Education, and Employment: Pathway to Veteran Success

Currently, over half of employers believe that veterans do not have successful careers after leaving the military. Half do not think that veterans pursue a college or vocational school degree, but 62 percent believe veterans need to acquire more hard and soft skills before they are ready for non-military roles.4 Veterans themselves tend to agree that they need “soft” or communication skills. Both veterans and employers nearly unanimously agree on the benefit of internship or apprenticeship programs for veterans as they seek to reenter the civilian workforce. And post-9/11 veterans especially see education as crucial to their continued success.

The VA currently has a suite of educational assistance, vocational rehabilitation and employment, and education and career counseling programs, as well as broadly defined shared transition assistance program (with the Departments of Labor, Defense, and Homeland Security), which make accessible all the tools veterans need to progress from war to work. But these are at the bottom of the totem pole within the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA). The VA’s nearly century-old structural design impedes its own ability to help veterans achieve that success. Its outdated manufacturing-economy outlook, which informs VBA’s 1917-based disability model sees a service-connected condition only through the terms of a permanent earnings loss, and works as a perverse incentive against veterans entering the workforce. With all of the VBA’s energies directed towards its backlog of nearly half a million disability claims, its institutional resources are concentrated on the disability system to the unsurprising neglect of its education and economic programs. One small example: If you visit the VA’s Office of Employment and Economic Impact website, within VBA, it tells you that “it is no longer available” and to maybe check out the Department of Labor. Coincidentally, a majority of veterans report that navigating the VA’s administrations and benefits is their top challenge in transition to civilian life.5

The very VA economic opportunity programs veterans stand most to profit by are operating with the proverbial millstone around their necks.

Conclusion

In the 21st century information age, education iskey to employment, and employment is the door to a successful transition to civilian life. Education and employment combined give veterans the crucial tools to reforge civilian identities stronger even than their military ones. The psychic rewards of work, productivity, and a career cannot be underestimated, which is corroborated by the trueveteran narrative: Veterans, it turns out, are immensely successful. Empirical data shore that up by showing how veterans with increased levels of education are wealthier, healthier, and more civically engaged than even their civilian peers over the life course. Additional research establishes the links between these outcomes, and reduced rates of dependence, disability, and criminality.

This is the veteran narrative that should predominate. The goal of the nation’s veteran economic opportunity programs should be to enable soldiers to be fully functional members of society, animated by a strong civilian identity. As early as the Revolutionary War, General George Washington had felt intuitively that veterans needed to maintain a sense of self after military service, recommending in his Farewell Orders to the Armies of the United States that veterans funnel their energies as soon as possible into active pursuits, and “prove themselves not less virtuous and useful as Citizens, than they [were] persevering and victorious as soldiers.”

The VET OPP Act can trigger this shift, as Congress elevates and frees already existing VA economic opportunity and transition assistance programs through shifting them structurally into a fourth VA administration. Our nation ought to provide transitioning servicemembers with the means and opportunity to succeed in their civilian lives and to invest their talent and ability in the American economy.

Thank you again for the honor of this opportunity. I look forward to answering any questions from the committee.

1 Department of Defense, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy (ODASD) (MMC&FP) (2015). Demographics One Source: Profile of the Military Community. http://download.militaryonesource.mil/12038/MOS/Reports/2015-Demographics-Report.pdf.

2 Meaghan C. Mobbs, George A. Bonanno. “Beyond War and PTSD: The Crucial Role of Transition Stress in the Lives of Military Veterans.” Clinical Psychology Review 59 (2018) 137-144.

3 Rebecca Burgess, “Economic Opportunity, Transition Assistance, and the 21stCentury Veteran: The Case for a Fourth VA Administration,” AEI, March 2018, http://www.aei.org/publication/economic-opportunity-transition-assistance-and-the-21st-century-veteran-the-case-for-a-fourth-va-administration/.

4 Edelman Insights, “2017 Veterans’ Well-Being Survey: Focus on Employment, Education, and Health,” October 2017, https://www.slideshare.net/EdelmanInsights/2017-veterans-wellbeing-survey.

5 Corri Zoli, Rosalinda Maury, and Daniel Fay, Missing Perspectives: Servicemembers’ Transition from Service to Civilian Life, Institute for Veterans and Military Families, Syracuse University, November 2015.

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When She Said She Could Tell My Personality By Looking At My Writing, I Had To Test Her Theory

Everyone’s handwriting is different. But did you know that it is a mirror into your personality? If you’ve heard this before, you’ve probably been curious. I know I am. But I get curious about all the interesting personality tests. However, when you learn these tricks to analyze your handwriting, you’ll see that it reveals something deep within you. Write out a few sentences now and then go through the following steps. You’ll see how much of your personality comes through the words and letters you write.

After you have a few lines of handwriting to analyze, go through each of these points and see which one matches your writing. When you determine that, you can get a glimpse into your personality. We promise that this one will interest you and all your friends.

The slant

No slant: You are logical. You do not often make emotional decisions.

Right slant: You’re an emotional person. You value family. You’re friendly, and you love romantic stuff.

Left slant: You’re someone who’d rather curl up with a good book than go to a party. You lead a reserved life and prefer not to be bothered.

Letter size

Small letters: You’re more introverted and have good concentration.

Large letters: You focus on the people around you, and you have a desire to be understood.

Pressure

Light pressure: You’re a person who is in control. And if something changes, you can adapt.

Heavy pressure: You’re an emotional individual who sometimes *cough* overreacts.

Lower zone

Broad ‘Y’ Loop: You’re open and have a lot of friends.

Slender ‘Y’ Loop: You have few, very close friends.

Long ‘Y’ Loop: You love to travel.

Short ‘Y’ Loop: You love spending time at home.

Connection of Letters

Disconnected letters: You’re intelligent and have a strong intuition.

Connected letters: You make decisions quickly and often have a logical plan.

Upper Zone

Retracted ‘L’: You have a pessimistic outlook because a lot of your plans do not work out.

Looped ‘L’: You set firm goals and believe in your ability to accomplish them.

Retracted ‘T’: Your strength is self-control. You work very hard.

Looped ‘T’: You can’t take criticism.

Dots on the ‘I’

Small dot: You’re a perfectionist. And you like to keep your life free from clutter.

Circular dot: You have an active inner child and are artistic. You’re also one to stand out in the crowd.

Cross on the ‘T’

Low cross: You might have low aims in life.

High cross: Your self-esteem is high, and you aspire for the stars.

Word spacing

Narrow spacing between words: You have dependency issues with other people. You can’t be alone.

Wide spacing between words: You’re an independent individual who likes to avoid crowds.

Line spacing

Even spacing: You respected boundaries and understand conversations about them.

Little spacing: You have poor time management.

What did you find out about yourself? If you enjoyed it, ask your friends for a few written lines and then analyze their writing. Maybe you can tell them secrets about their personality that they didn’t know.

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It Didn’t Use to Be This Way

One telling detail keeps escaping the men and women of words who would end school shootings by one expedient or another: gun control, better security, the arming of teachers, more careful vetting of potential gunmen and so forth.

The detail of which I speak: We didn’t use to endure this horror. It didn’t happen.

The urgent question that flows from this detail: Why not?

Well, to start with, because things were different, prior to the shooting fests, which break so many hearts and generate so much despair.

Right, yes — but different in what way?

I will take a crack at this: Our culture (as we have come to call the circumstances of daily life) was cooler, calmer, less emotional, more orderly than it has become since then — which is not the same as saying pre-massacre culture (what a term) was cool, calm, and unemotional. It was not. Those personally familiar with that culture know better, I hope, than to indulge in nose-honkings over the joys of the past.

Still, massacres, explosions of personal rage, were rare and generally connected with mental disorder, such as the case of Howard Unruh, the World War II vet who went wild in New Jersey in 1949, gunning down people on and off the street, including a barber and his 6-year-old customer. There were guns enough out there, no doubt; nevertheless, few thought of using them in today’s ghastly, almost customary, way.

We didn’t use to endure this horror. It didn’t happen (or, save for Howard Unruh, hardly ever).

I am still taking a crack at this thing, with no more deleterious effect, I hope, than would flow from an attack on the Second Amendment. I submit that the factor at which we should look for explanation is social control: its widespread presence in pre-massacre time and its absence in the present day.

I do not mean that the secret police ran life back then. I mean institutions did, more or less, and with a touch far lighter and more helpful, in most cases, than today’s advocates of liberation would admit under coaxing from a liberally applied cat o’ nine tails. Whee, we’re free! So goes the general apologia for the removal of rules and guidelines of all kinds.

Free we are, or there wouldn’t have been much point to America. Yet Americans, according to the manner of their (generally) British culture, acknowledged not just opportunities but obligations. Institutions took these obligations, and their (normally) gentle enforcement, with great seriousness and sense of duty.

Mothers and fathers were supposed to impart to children a sense of… well, plain old decent behavior would likely cover it. Churches posited their own senses of duty and right belief — often overlapping the teachings of parents. Schools, as virtually anybody who attended one in the pre-massacre era can testify, necessarily exerted forms of control. If they hadn’t, no teaching would have taken place.

Was it all done perfectly? Who’d make such a ridiculous claim as that? Of course it wasn’t done perfectly. Sometimes it was done wretchedly.

But we didn’t use to endure the horror of mass massacres. People didn’t fear taking their children to school. Now they do.

The real horror of the matter is the hand-waving futility the massacre debate engenders. No one can believe, with any depth of conviction, that tighter gun control laws would make life as safe as a public library story hour.

The rebuilding and refitting of our weakened institutions, public and private, is the only path toward peace. But how to bring that about? Through change in beliefs and commitments: which is where the heavy lifting begins, as old formulas for human flourishing (e.g., the indispensability of the two-parent family) are reinserted into the common life. Or, through human folly, not reinserted.

The fact is that too few acknowledge the unmatched power of benevolent institutions to shape character, maintain the general peace, and impart dignity to human life — as well as keep it safe and free. But they do. Or rather, they did: here, there — yes, and in Santa Fe, Texas.

William Murchison is writing a book on moral restoration.

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You Will Be Loyal Or You Will Be Fired

A County Attorney in Kentucky is under fire for forcing state employees to donate to his campaign, while also being hit for supporting the release of names of sexual abuse victims.

Jefferson County Attorney Mike O’Connell is facing down the barrel of an upcoming Democratic primary for his position, which will take place on May 22nd. He is currently being attacked on several sides of his poor behavior, with employees claiming in a suit about his “wrath” and coercion and an ad campaign being run to highlight his remarks on abused Boy Scouts.

So there are two things happening now: A wrongful termination suit, and a campaign highlight his take on sex abuse victims.

Mike O’Connell

According to his government profile, O’Connell has been involved as the County Attorney in Jefferson since 2008. Before that, he worked as a judge and in private practice.

O’Connell was also a member of the Kentucky Bar Association’s ethics committee. In his profile, it states:

“Mike has pushed for practices that hold everyone in the system to a high level of accountability and a level playing field within the system.”

Ah, that’s nice. What a sin he never applied any of his highfalutin ideals elsewhere.

If you’re an NHL fan, Mike is not to be confused with Mike O’Connell, former GM of the Bruins.

[SEE ALSO: Torrential Rains in Jefferson County Causing Massive Damage]

Former Prosecutor Fires Wrongful Termination Suit

Glenda Bradshaw once worked in the County Attorney Office, and the formerly high-ranking prosecutor filed a suit claiming that she was fired improperly and that O’Connell had his employees so terrified of being let go that they would donate to his upcoming election campaign fund in order to keep their jobs.

According to Bradshaw, O’Connell would compare his employee lists to donor lists before making decisions on promotions.

When O’Connell’s campaign was asked about the lawsuit, the reply was a standard form letter:

“I am thankful for the campaign support I have received from all walks of our community. I am humbled that some of my staff have supported my re-election because they know firsthand the good work we perform daily.”

Another former attorney in the office, a woman named Kara Lewis said that she was fired for “no reason”… except that she refused to donate to the campaign.

Her firing occurred during a working day, where she was taken from a courtroom and told she would no longer be involved in caseroom. Lewis said:

“[My firing] affected my career, it affects my family. It had a horrible effect on my life… a horrible impact on us financially.”

The firing took place one month after O’Connell was re-elected in 2010 after five years in the office.

[SEE ALSO: Republican Matt Bevin Wins Kentucky Governor’s Office in 2015]

Mike O’Connell Wants To Release Names of Abused Boy Scouts

In the last few weeks, O’Connell has been on blast for arguing that the names of alleged abuse victims ought to be published. The incident is still before the courts, and O’Connell has been arguing on behalf of the Louisville police youth program that was allegedly abusing Boy Scouts involved in a program offered by the police.

While speaking to media, O’Connell said last year that at least one of the former Scouts should not be allowed to remain anonymous while filing the suit against two former officers who are being hit with both civil and criminal charges. It will level the “playing fields” to publish the names.

Checking out the reviews on his official page, one posted last month came from a local who declared that she would never vote for him again. The trouble is connected to a recent spat where O’Connell suggested that he might support releasing the names of rape victims, including children:

I am shocked, dismayed and deeply troubled over your recent suggestion to list the names of rape victims that are actually underage teenagers. Why would you want to victimize them all over again? Isn’t this abusive? They trusted the police who ran this program and unfortunately, a few of these male police officers were perverted predators.

Right now, television ads are running to highlight O’Connell’s remarks. The advertisements are being paid for by Metro Councilman Brent Ackerson, who is running against O’Connell in the Democratic primary.

Sources: Fox News, Courier-Journal

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New Study Shows Smarter Brains Run on Sparsely Connected Neurons

(From ScienceDaily.com)

The more intelligent a person, the fewer connections there are between the neurons in his cerebral cortex. This is the result of a study conducted by neuroscientists working with Dr Erhan Genç and Christoph Fraenz at Ruhr-Universität Bochum; the study was performed using a specific neuroimaging technique that provides insights into the wiring of the brain on a microstructural level.

The new findings provide an explanation of conflicting results gathered in intelligence research to date. For one, it had been previously ascertained that intelligent people tend to have larger brains. “The assumption has been that larger brains contain more neurons and, consequently, possess more computational power,” says Erhan Genç. However, other studies had shown that — despite their comparatively high number of neurons — the brains of intelligent people demonstrated less neuronal activity during an IQ test than the brains of less intelligent individuals.

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