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  1. Chris James

    The GOP and American Nazis

    Hard to believe, isn't it, but the politics in this country has gone insane. https://thinkprogress.org/20000-illinois-republicans-voted-for-nazi-7bbeeb7631fd/ Of course, this was just a primary vote but it says a lot about the people who would cast their ballots for a Nazi. That's 20,000 people without functioning brain cells even as their own party leadership condemned the man. Any wonder why Trump ended up in the White House?
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    I can't believe Trump said this!

    Some school administrators don't see this as a teachable moment, and for them I am sorry that their students won't learn a valuable lesson. Perhaps a few school administrators will get fired this fall when elections roll around...I sure hope so. How can any school teach government and politics without addressing free speech? I guess some can, and that makes them idiots and worse, they are bullies. https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/schools-suspending-kids-joining-gun-control-walkouts-183124731.html
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    I can't believe Trump said this!

    Just noted on the news that security officers in Broward County schools will now be carrying rifles officially making schools an armed camp. Not to worry, most of those officers are already deputies in the sheriff's department, and probably not the ones accused of drug dealing and rape we see in the weekly news. Wonder how many parents are considering home schooling? Does it matter that many of these shooters were bullied and learned to hate the school when administrators failed to help them? What about that group of adolescents over there who laughed at the oddball student when he was bullied, probably just glad it wasn't their issue. I am amazed in the aftermath of last week's shooting spree just how many students have come forward to say they knew this guy was going to do it. One girl said she told her teachers a dozen times that the boy was flipping out and bragging about his guns and knives. Yeah, let's give those teachers guns to protect....who? I imagine an armed teacher would be high on the target list for any shooter...try explaining that to the husband and two small kids she has at home when she is dead. Tough love: no cell phones allowed in school, make them listen to teachers instead of texting. Metal detectors at every door, bring a finger nail file to school and you are so outta there. Violent students will be expelled, period. Sounds like some of the places I have worked where security was valued over social interaction. The kids better get used to it now before Trump takes away the rest of our rights and freedoms.
  4. Since our ignorant government can't seem to get its act together on the root causes of school shootings, I have been looking around for answers. No, I can't accept the Rush Limbaugh moronic foolishness of arming all the students. He actually espoused the idea on Fox News, of course. I get the idea that parents are frantic with worry, we need better answers...and then I came across this: https://amp.businessinsider.com/one-teachers-brilliant-idea-to-stop-future-school-shootings-has-nothing-to-do-with-guns-2018-2 Short of turning our schools into armed camps, hiring ex-Marines to patrol the hallways, or just strip searching individuals before they enter the school, we need a concise plan. Let's not dehumanize the students, let's look into their minds, and starting in fifth grade seems about right. At least this teacher is doing something positive.
  5. Since our ignorant government can't seem to get its act together on the root causes of school shootings, I have been looking around for answers. No, I can't accept the Rush Limbaugh moronic foolishness of arming all the students. He actually espoused the idea on Fox News, of course. I get the idea that parents are frantic with worry, we need better answers...and then I came across this: https://amp.businessinsider.com/one-teachers-brilliant-idea-to-stop-future-school-shootings-has-nothing-to-do-with-guns-2018-2 Short of turning our schools into armed camps, hiring ex-Marines to patrol the hallways, or just strip searching individuals before they enter the school, we need a concise plan. Let's not dehumanize the students, let's look into their minds, and starting in fifth grade seems about right. At least this teacher is doing something positive.
  6. Chris James

    New Book I might just have to buy

    I hope you're right, Cole. After the mess Trump has created we are going to need someone like Biden to put the government back on track.
  7. I don't often pay attention to books written by politicians, or the books written about them. The focus these days seems to be on the political fringe who have taken over, and nothing about Donald Trump is worth knowing. He and his ilk care nothing about the gay community and the issues we face. But there is one politician who has always been in our corner, and yet he seems to have faded into the background. I am speaking about Joe Biden, our former vice-president and a commendable voice in support of the LGBT community. http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2018/01/25/joe-biden-reveals-what-barack-obama-privately-told-him-about-equal-marriage/ I have never met Mr. Biden, but I would enjoy shaking his hand. For a man who faced such monumental tragedy in his life I have always been in awe of his empathy and genuine concern for others. The article mentions this new book about his family life and I am determined to read it. Amidst all the scandal and strife in government these days, I always manage to imagine Joe Biden as a breath of fresh air, something I never attribute to politics.
  8. Chris James

    High School Hero by Cole Parker

    Anticipation...that is the one word I am left with at this point in Cole's story. I admire the way he has presented us with the main character at different points in life. This story will keep me occupied for some time to come, and perhaps in a few weeks there will be more to say, but I like it. Thanks, Cole...and now I am left with anticipation, and a smile.
  9. Chris James

    A Ghost for Christmas Present

    Another clever story from Nigel. The Spirit of Insolvency, what a good laugh.
  10. Chris James

    Can we say this now? About Frickin time

    The image of armed police patrolling the halls of a school is disturbing, but in some school districts this is what you get. Makes me wonder where we went wrong, how did we lose control? To my mind the greatest offense created by bullies is the cessation of education. No child can concentrate on learning when they feel threatened. Dare to be different and a child gets picked on, becomes an outcast. and the target for bullying. Those who perceive they are the strongest pick on the weak, and oftentimes this is acceptable to the masses. We can fill our schools with police, place cameras everywhere, and nothing will change until we have a means to reprogram the bullies. Much of their meanness is self serving, that look at me I'm a tough guy, I demand your respect. No matter what schools do to punish the behavior it means nothing if they are heroes at home or amongst their peers in the street. I have read about in school suspensions and forced study halls meant to keep the troublemakers in line. Not working because they are still there in the environment with the victims. One bully in a classroom makes all the other students victims and makes education impossible. The teachers we have today cannot handle that kind of stress, they are already overloaded, and in many cases, underpaid. In the climate of today's government, the public schools are the losers...and of course, the biggest bully in the country sits in the White House. Kids bring weapons to school for protection and end up in jail. Is anyone asking them who they are trying to defend against? But certain segments of our population point fingers at the violence and advocate home schooling. The Christian Taliban is loving it. Then we will end up with a whole society of kids unable to interact with one another...a no win situation. I hear that the schools in Canada are lovely....
  11. Chris James

    Brass Balls

    Mike had it fixed within two hours of receiving my message, and digging his way out of the reader blizzard in his inbox :) As always, I am thankful for everything The Dude does on my behalf. Must be time for another donation. Won't all of you join me?
  12. Parents are responsible for what happens to their children at home so it is about time that educators take on the responsibility of protecting kids at school. Hit school boards in the wallet and they will have to pay attention. Otherwise, these are all such sad stories. https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/bullying-leads-suicide-schools-responsible-170011810.html
  13. Chris James

    Brass Balls

    Imagine my surprise when I logged on this morning to find 9 emails all with the subject heading Brass Balls. It took only moments to discover that the reason for this slew of mail was that the latest chapter, which would have been 10, was actually a repeat posting of Chapter 8. The readers didn't seem upset, just concerned that they were missing out on something. But most of them sent Mike a notice to please fix the issue. I know he will and I probably have less concern about the issue since this stuff happens now and again. In fact, I tend to look on the bright side, 6 of the 9 emails came from new readers, names I have not seen before. We always wonder how many are reading our stories, and I guess this is one way to find out :)
  14. The ugly Christmas sweater is back, only this time it seems no one was paying attention. https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2017/12/junior-high-newsletter-gave-parents-unexpected-holiday-surprise/
  15. Chris James

    Brass Balls

    Thank you, Cole...as always you have nice things to say. I am not worried about the lack of response since most of my readers wait until I am done posting to comment. But in fact, it has been over a year since I submitted a story for posting, and as I joked with Mike perhaps the readers have forgotten my name. In the opening I mention this story is a decade old, and the more I think about it is perhaps even older than that. I changed so much to bring it in line with the AD sensibilities and in doing that made it more of a romance...I like that. But this was also the first story I wrote involving a military mindset and it worked out so well. But Brass Balls was such fun to write I felt it had a place among my other works. There will be no sequel to this story, but there are new things coming soon.
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