Have nothing to do with the [evil] things that people do, things that belong to the darkness. Instead, bring them out to the light... [For] when all things are brought out into the light, then their true nature is clearly revealed...

-Ephesians 5:11-13

Category Archives: Education

Another Kansas Prof Declares Herself Mentally Ill and Retires

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, June 14, 2017:

schoolDeborah Ballard-Reisch’s letter to the president of Wichita State University (WSU) announcing her unexpected retirement certainly sounded reasonable:

Dear President [John] Bardo,

 

I am grateful for the amazing opportunity I’ve had for the 10 years I’ve spent at Wichita State University. Serving as the Kansas Health Foundation Distinguished Chair in Strategic Communication / Professor, Elliott School of Communication has been an honor and a pleasure. I have found dedicated colleagues, an administration supportive of faculty innovation, and motivated and engaged students who have inspired me.

But then she admitted that she had good reasons for leaving:

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Another Kansas Professor Leaves Over Campus Carry Law

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, June 13, 2017:

Deborah Ballard-Reisch, serving as the Kansas Health Foundation’s distinguished chair in strategic communication at Wichita State University (WSU) for the last 10 years, resigned last week. In her letter to WSU’s President John Bardo, she said she’s retiring because “the climate in Kansas [is] more and more regressive, repressive, and in opposition to the values of higher education,” adding:

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Disgruntled Professor Quits, Using Concealed Carry in His Classroom as His Excuse

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, May 12, 2017:

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In a fit of pique, KU associate professor Jacob Dorman decided to burn his bridges behind him when he left the faculty last week. Instead of packing up in the middle of the night, he chose instead to have his resignation letter published in the Topeka Capital-Journal. It was an infantile move that he is likely to regret for years to come.

He used Kansas’ new constitutional carry freedom as cover:

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KU Professor Quits Over Concealed Carry in his Classroom

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, May 11, 2017:

An associate professor of history and American studies at the University of Kansas (KU) loudly announced his departure from the faculty after 10 years by having his resignation letter published on May 5 by the Topeka Capital-Journal. Wrote associate professor Jacob Dorman:

In light of the state of Kansas’ apparent determination to allow the concealed carry of firearms in the classrooms of the University of Kansas, I am writing to tender my resignation effective two weeks from today as an associate professor of history and American studies at the university. I have accepted a job in a state that bans concealed carry in classrooms.

This was no “apparent determination” by state legislators. For years the issue of constitutional carry has been debated in Topeka and under a compromise bill the issue of concealed carry by students on campus was resolved by allowing them to carry concealed effective July 1.

But according to Dorman, this new freedom somehow weakens the education those 28,400 students are currently getting at KU’s five campuses (Lawrence, Kansas City, Overland Park, Wichita, and Salina):

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Update on Warren Buffett’s “The Bet” (or How Your Money Finds Its Way to Wall Street)

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, March 1, 2017:

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Warren Buffett speaking to a group of students from the Kansas University School of Business (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In the latest shareholder letter just released by Berkshire Hathaway, Warren Buffett brought his fans up to date on “The Bet.” On its face it seems simple: Buffett was willing to bet good money that any S&P 500 index fund would beat, over a period of time, the performance of the best money managers in the business. But no one took him up on his wager:

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40 Days for Life Supporters Hold Prayer Vigil in Nation’s Capital

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, March 1, 2017: 

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Four people from the ’40 Days for Life’ campaign protesting outside the Bedford Square offices of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS), a provider of abortion services.

More than two dozen pro-life supporters gathered on Tuesday night in front of a Planned Parenthood facility in Washington, D.C., to pray, kicking off a 40-day prayer vigil across the land. Now in its 13th year, 40 Days for Life has similar teams in 340 locations in 40 different countries this year.

Katie Yoder, heading up the team, said the mere presence of believers saves lives:

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Can the American Dream be Revived?

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, January 9, 2017:

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The term American Dream was coined by James Trustow Adams in 1931, just as the economy was entering the worst of the Great Depression. In The Epic of America, Adams wrote:

[It is] that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement….

 

It is not a dream of motor cars and high wages merely, but a dream of a social order in which each man and each woman shall be able to attain to the fullest stature of which they are innately capable, and be recognized by others for what they are, regardless of the fortuitous circumstances of birth or position.

In 2012, American cultural historian Lawrence Samuel, author of The American Dream: A Cultural History, echoed Adams:

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Exclusive Interview With John Birch Society CEO

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Sign from the John Birch Society advocating US withdrawal from the United Nations

The election of Donald Trump has generated much buzz in the mainstream media over the inaccuracy of the polls, why the American people voted as they did, and of course, what Trump will do as president. The buzz has also included claims that Trump will undo much of what has been done under Obama, that he will imperil our “democracy,” and that “Trumpism” is the latest manifestation of The John Birch Society. The New American magazine recently had the opportunity to sit down with and interview Arthur R. Thompson, the CEO of The John Birch Society, and ask him about this, his thoughts about this past election, and also what lies ahead for the Society in the coming years. Thompson (shown on the right, with interviewer Christopher Gomez) became CEO of The John Birch Society in 2005 and is now in his 11th year.

The New American: How does the election of Donald Trump to the White House affect or change any of the goals of The John Birch Society, as compared to the Obama administration or a Hillary presidency had she won?

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Fewer Americans Trust Mainstream Media

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, December 2, 2016:  

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When Michael Goodwin, a 10-year veteran writer for the New York Times, saw the extent of the bias displayed by the Times in its coverage of the recent presidential election, and by the mainstream media in general, he called it “shameful”:

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The Dumbing Down of America is NOT Complete

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, October 28, 2016:  

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

YouTube videos of interviews with college students showing their often abysmal ignorance on even basic issues have recently surfaced. One YouTube video, for instance, asks students, “Who won the Civil War?” Those quizzed didn’t know, or they didn’t know there was one, or if it occurred in 1965. Another YouTube video asks students attending George Mason University to identify a photograph of Vice President Joe Biden. None of them could, including one student majoring in political science.

Walter Williams added to the dismay by noting that

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Gallup’s Latest Poll: Americans’ Respect for Local Police Is Surging

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, October 25, 2016:  

The results from Gallup’s annual poll on crime were released last week, and they showed greatly increased support for local police all across the board, regardless of demographics or political persuasion. The double-digit surge over last year was measured by responses to several questions asked in early October, including “How much respect do you have for the police in your area — a great deal, some, or hardly any?” Last year, 64 percent of those polled responded “a great deal,” while this year the percentage jumped to

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Minnesota Knife-wielding Attacker Killed by Off-duty Officer

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, September 19, 2016:  

On Saturday night a Somali terrorist with links to ISIS and wearing a security guard uniform entered the Sears store in the Crossroads Center mall in St. Cloud, Minnesota, and began attacking unsuspecting shoppers with a knife. Before the spree ended, he had attacked nine people, asking some of them beforehand if they were Muslims.

Leaving the Sears store, Dahir Adan, whom authorities initially identified only as a former St. Cloud State University student, headed for Macy’s to continue his rampage.

Jason Falconer, an off-duty police officer and owner of Tactical Advantage, a firearms training company, was shopping at Macy’s when he saw Adan heading his way. After identifying himself as a law-enforcement officer, Falconer ordered Adan to the ground. David Unze, a reporter for the St. Cloud Times, took it from there:

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The Mainstream Media Has Blown Its Cover

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, September 19, 2016:  

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FOX Business Network’s control room screen

In its rush (some say panic) to denigrate and neutralize Donald Trump’s appeal in the presidential race, the liberal mainstream media’s bias has become so blatant that it may actually be turning off those it is trying to influence.

On September 11, Pew Research reported that

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Driver Arrested for Remaining Silent, Sues Police and State

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, May 9, 2016:  

American Civil Liberties Union

At 9:30 p.m. on October 16, 2015, attorney Rebecca Musarra was driving in Warren County, New Jersey, when she was pulled over by two state troopers. Trooper Matthew Stazzone followed protocol and asked to see her driver’s license, her vehicle registration, and proof of insurance. While she was providing them, Stazzone asked, “While you’re looking for that, do you know why you’re being pulled over tonight?”

Musarra, aware of her right to remain silent, remained silent. Stazzone asked her again, “Do you know why you’re being stopped tonight?” Again, no answer.

Things then went off track. Stazzone said,

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During a Traffic Stop, What Happened When She Remained Silent?

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, May 9, 2016;  

New Jersey State Police

For years the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), through its FlexYourRights.com website, has been teaching what to say – and what not to say – during a traffic stop:

You have the right to remain silent. If you wish to exercise that right, say so out loud.

 

You have the right to refuse to consent to a search of yourself, your car, or your home.

 

If you are not under arrest, you have the right to calmly leave.

 

You have the right to a lawyer if you are arrested. Ask for one immediately.

It also teaches what else to do:

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Much Work Still To Be Done To Restore Second Amendment

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, April 18, 2016:  

Recent victories, both small and large, are reflective of the paradigm shift in thinking about guns, gun ownership, self-defense, and the Second Amendment. After victories at the Supreme Court level, the restoration of gun rights battle has moved to the state and local levels.

For instance, last Friday Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed into law the Church Protection Act, which now allows church authorities to develop security programs involving church members with concealed carry permits to keep their churches safe. The law grants the same “Castle Doctrine” rights they enjoy at home in the event of a shooting incident.

The new law also expands the state’s permitless carry law to include belt and shoulder holsters in addition to the already allowed carry in purses, handbags, satchels, briefcases, and other fully enclosed cases.

Most importantly, the new Mississippi law prohibits state and local officials from enforcing federal gun control laws that haven’t been passed by the Congress and violate the federal and Mississippi constitutions.

Mississippi is the ninth state to recognize the right of a citizen to carry concealed without government permission.  Only two states – Georgia and North Dakota – ban all guns from places of worship, while eight states prohibit those with concealed carry permits from carrying into places of worship. Every other state leaves the matter up to the churches individually.

Larry Dean, pastor of the Bridgetown Baptist Church in Nesbit, Mississippi, favors the new law, telling The Daily Beast, “The reality is that we’re a soft target. Anyone can carry a weapon at any time and do whatever evil they are going to do. Having a gun [owner among our parishioners] is one way to stop or restrain them.”

Not everyone was in favor of the new law, however. Larry Decker, the executive director of the Secular Coalition for America, called it “the worst bill in America,” adding that it puts “soldiers of God above the law, allowing them to act as judge, jury and executioner … this legislation emboldens extremists by creating a legal means for radical preachers to enlist their congregants into ‘God’s army.’”

The new law in Mississippi on Friday follows hard after the victory in Iowa allowing that state’s citizens to purchase, own, and use suppressors on their weapons without governmental permission, registration or fees. The Iowa bill took three years of hard work by the National Rifle Association (NRA), the Iowa Firearms Coalition, and the American Suppressor Association to persuade legislators to pass the bill. Said Joshua Waldron, the CEO of SilencerCo:

SilencerCo has been a strong supporter of the American Suppressor Association since its inception. We’re proud of the hard work they have put behind [the bill], along with the help of the NRA and the Iowa Firearms Coalition.

 

Because of the determination and educational push by these groups, Iowans can now enjoy the same rights as are held by law-abiding citizens in 41 other states.

And the Iowa victory followed two more in Florida in January. One exempts a “recreational discharge if ‘under the circumstances, the discharge does not pose a reasonably foreseeable risk to life, safety, or property’” while another stops prosecutors from putting people in jail for 10 years if they show a gun to scare off an attacker or 20 years for firing a warning shot.

Neither space nor time permits listing the victories, both large and small, being registered and enjoyed by pro-Second Amendment advocates simply because the list is too long. Suffice to say that there remains much work to be done. For instance, Iowa’s American Suppressor Association is now going after those few states, like California, Illinois, Massachusetts, and New York, that still have suppressor restrictions with their program “No State Left Behind.” Arizona congressman Matt Salmon is going after the 1934 National Firearms Act, which requires a $200 fee from a citizen who wants to own a suppressor. It’s that act which began the attack on guns in earnest under President Roosevelt and has served as the basis for all manner of mischief ever since, culminating in the Gun Control Act of 1968 and the Clinton assault ban in 1994.

But a measure of the success in restoring Second Amendment rights is the fact that, despite massively funded efforts by gun-controllers like Michael Bloomberg and George Soros, there has been no major incursion into the Second amendment since 2004 when the Clinton assault weapons ban was allowed to expire. Efforts to restore that ban were rebuffed in the Senate with a vote of 84 to 16.

As Winston Churchill famously said, “Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.”

And pro-gun advocates are pressing their advantage.


Sources:

Washington Times: Mississippi governor signs law allowing church members to carry guns

GunDigest.com: Iowa Passes Bill Legalizing Suppressors

Huffington Post: Mississippi Bill Would Let Churches Create Armed Security Squads

AmmoLand.com: BIG Day for Gun Owners in Florida – Four Victories

Background on the National Firearms Act

Churchill quote

 

Massad Ayoob Riding the Wave of CCW Permit Holders Wanting Firearms Training

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, January 8, 2016:  

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Massad Ayoob likes to tell people that he’s been carrying concealed since he was 12 years old – that’s 55 years now – and he’s just getting started. Ayoob, whose Arab grandparents immigrated to the United States 115 years ago, worked in his father’s storefront and watched as his father defended himself and his business from criminals. It made an indelible impression on the young man, and he has created an impressive resume in the field of self-defense. He wrote his first book, In the Gravest Extreme: the Role of the Firearm in Personal Protection, in 1980, which continues as a standard reference in the field. A year later he founded the Lethal Force Institute (LFI) in Concord, New Hampshire, which he directed for nearly 30 years. He now directs the

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Ohio National Guard Centers No Longer “Gun-Free Zones”

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, December 30, 2015:  

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Nidal Malik Hasan,

On the Friday before Christmas, Major General Mark Bartman, adjutant general of the Ohio National Guard, restored some common sense by announcing that all 72 of the state’s guard facilities will allow members to carry firearms. According to the Columbus Dispatch, the shift to common sense followed a “security review” ordered by Governor John Kasich following the July 16 shooting at a Naval Reserve center in Chattanooga.

In that incident Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez committed a drive-by shooting at a recruiting center and then drove seven miles to a U.S. Naval Reserve center to continue his attack. Four marines were killed before the attack was stopped by local police.

In a staggering understatement, General Bartman admitted that “We must take necessary action to protect our members.”

Because members of the Ohio National Guard work on state property, they were not allowed to carry firearms under state law. But now, thanks to Kasich, they are.

The cultural shift towards sanity started perhaps with the November 5, 2009 Fort Hood, Texas, shooting by Major Nidal Hasan, who shot and killed 13 soldiers and injured more than 30 others, none of whom was armed. The concept that soldiers trained to defend freedom were not allowed (by laws passed during the Clinton administration) to defend themselves was, and remains, ludicrous.

Even more unbelievable is the fact that though the shooter was sentenced to death more than three years after his attack, he remains alive today. On August 23, 2013, Hasan was found guilty on 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder, and was sentenced to death on August 28, 2013.

But, thanks to the intricacies and political motivations of the military service, Hasan remains confined to the Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, where he is likely to remain, at taxpayers’ expense, until he dies of natural causes.

Those barracks also house five other soldiers on Death Row waiting out their sentences. But the military hasn’t executed anyone since 1961, and it isn’t likely to make an exception for Hasan. As Christopher Swift, an adjunct professor of national security studies at Georgetown University, explained: “Hasan will probably spend his life on death row because there’s no incentive [to carry out his sentence]. I haven’t seen any indication that the Army posture is such that they want to expedite this one.”

The reason? The Army doesn’t want to make him a martyr: “Executing him … [would suggest] that someone who engages in this kind of self-mobilizing criminal act for terrorist motives can become a soldier for Islam, and it’s not something [they] want, creating propaganda opportunities.”

On the other hand, absent the Clinton administration ruling that military bases are now “gun free zones,” if just one of Hasan’s victims had been armed, it’s reasonable to assume that the massacre would have been nipped in the bud. But thanks to those gun-free zones, taxpayers enjoyed the privilege not only of continuing to pay Major Hasan his salary while he was appealing his sentence (estimated at some $300,000), but also of providing housing, nutrition, and medical support (he lives in a wheelchair, having suffered permanent damage when the police finally intervened to end the massacre) for him for the rest of his life.

That gun-free zones don’t work has now been established beyond all doubt, thanks to the work of John Lott, founder of the Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC). In July 2014 Lott published The Myths about Mass Public Shootings, in which he revealed the results of his study: “Since 2009, only 8 percent of mass public shootings have occurred in places where civilians are allowed to defend themselves.”

Translation: 92 percent of mass shootings take place in “gun-free zones.

Ohio Governor John Kasich is to be commended for allowing National Guardsmen in his state to carry while on duty. May this be the first olive out of the bottle, and other governors awaken to their responsibilities to protect those who are trained to protect them.

What they’re likely to find is that the more guns are allowed to be carried, the less likely any of them will be needed.

Happy Anniversary John Birch Society!

This article by Bill Hahn, the Society’s Public Relations Director, appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, December 9, 2015:  

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Sign from the John Birch Society advocating US withdrawal from the United Nations

It was 57 years ago at the Indianapolis home of Miss Marguerite Dice when businessman Robert Welch began his marathon two-day lecture that launched The John Birch Society. There were 11 friends and business associates present and they listened intently as the philosopher-historian and great lover of America told them during 17 hours why they should join with him in an organization designed to preserve the American dream. Most agreed on the spot to be the Society’s first members and the organization was born on December 9, 1958.

A child prodigy who had read a nine-volume history of the world at age seven and asked for more, Welch was

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One More Reason to Remove Children from the Public Schools

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, November 13, 2015:  

Cornelius Van Til

Cornelius Van Til

For years Pastor Voddie Baucham of Grace Family Baptist Church in Springs, Texas, has been urging his flock, and anyone else who would listen (or read his blog, Exodus Mandate), to take their kids out of the public schools. He writes:

I am no fan of government education … I try to make Biblical, philosophical, and theological arguments in favor of Christian education as often as possible….

 

Our schools grow progressively (no pun intended) worse. As fall approaches, I want to appeal to those of you with children in government schools: please don’t send them back! I beg you to consider what you are doing.

He then outlines five reasons why:

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Many of the articles on Light from the Right first appeared on either The New American or the McAlvany Intelligence Advisor.