Recent Political/Social Issues With Commentary

After the recent Florida school killings "Thoughts and prayers aren't helping", said sports host Jim Rome, who admitted he didn't have the solution to mass shootings...“But I know what is not the answer: just saying thoughts and prayers,” he said. “Something has to be done. This is not normal and we’re allowing it to become normal.” LINK.

A writer quotes every GOP lawmaker’s post-Florida "thoughts and prayers" tweet — and how much money they took from the NRA.

A NY Times article says the reason America has so many mass killings is because we have too many guns. But why do we have so many guns? See criminologist Elicka Peterson Sparks's book, The Devil You Know: The Surprising Link between Conservative Christianity and Crime, for the answer.

As a democratic Hoosier in Indiana I've been warning people they should be more concerned if Mike Pence became our President. Now we learn he believes Jesus talks to him. Here's the money quote by reality star Omarosa, who served as a White House aide and is an ordained minister:

“As bad as y’all think Trump is, you would be worried about Pence,” she said. “So everybody that’s wishing for impeachment might want to reconsider their lives. We would be begging for days of Trump back if Pence became president.” Why? “He’s extreme,” Omarosa said of the vice president. “I’m Christian. I love Jesus. But he thinks Jesus tells him to say things. I’m like, ‘Jesus ain’t saying that.’" LINK.

While nothing will come of it, this message should be heard loud and clear! Because Larry Nassar was allowed free reign to sexually assault many of our Olympic athletes, Travis Waldron argues the United States should be banned from the Olympics. LINK.

Lastly, here's what I wrote on the issue of free speech on campus. It's my first volley on that hot topic:

Should we allow student groups to bring in people to debate issues that were settled decades and centuries ago? If not, will the audience of students ever learn WHY they were settled? If so, how successful will anti-social, anti-intellectual, anti-scientific bastards be in using this opportunity as a means for legitimization and recruitment?

Should a university have a flat earth lecture or a climate change denying lecture, or one arguing to revoke women's right to vote, or one advocating blacks should be sent back to Africa? Of course not!

Some sides to an issue advocate something we'd call evil. Some others have already been settled. Still others are fruitless. Some are simply a waste of time. Others grant an audience to hucksters, con-artists and thieves.

Is there any topic you would censor from the university? How about ISIS militants seeking to radicalize attendees?

Could it be that absolute free-speech advocates believe truth will always, or most always, win the day?

For me there are gullible people who will adopt the viewpoint of an ignorant anti-science bastard if s/he is given equal time with a person representing the informed civilized scientific consensus.