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Dumbing down of education no longer is a luxury we can afford

wrote to colleges & universities listed in a thick guide. Schools would mail their latest bulletin and other items relevant to application. By start of my senior year of high school, I had a couple of shelves of bulletins. I wanted to go to college. College represented freedom.

On a beautiful spring afternoon in 1975, most of DePauw was shut down when many of us believed the American Association of University Professors was correct when it determined DePauw, in denying tenure to a…


Added by Mark Small on July 6, 2022 at 8:22pm — No Comments

A gun is an ineffective substitute for a short or non-functional penis

July 4 parades in the Chicago area were canceled after a mass shooting in Highland Park. Gun nuts point to places like Chicago & say gun control doesn’t work. But that’s because Hoosier gun merchants are a short drive away. And how “free” are we because of this traffic? 1/4

I’ll state the obvious, but unthinkable (to some) answer to gun violence. We have to follow the example of Australia and get rid of the guns. Let me state it differently: if I am elected my goal will be to go…


Added by Mark Small on July 4, 2022 at 7:59pm — No Comments

People were shot in Highland Park on this day of Independence

July 4 as a national holiday is fitting. The Declaration of Independence was signed July 2, 1776. A printer changed the date. The white, male landowners who signed the document represented a minority even amongst white, male landowners. (Oh, and no Jews or Muslims signed.) 1/6

There were no statistically valid polls, but a common estimate is one-third wanted to separate from England, another 1/3 wanted to keep the ties and 1/3 didn’t care. This is of white male landowners (no Jews or…


Added by Mark Small on July 4, 2022 at 2:28pm — No Comments

Red Pill Expo July 9 & 10: The Fed will survive one more week

Live in Indiana? Without currency, i.e., money, you can’t drink orange juice often. You’d have to go to FL & barter for it. Currency is interchangeable & represents values of labor & goods. What backs paper money, gold? (1) We haven’t used gold in decades. (2) Gold has 1/6

no magical or intrinsic quality. A person starving on a desert island cannot eat gold. (3) Ppl who can will buy the teeth out of your mouth. Alexander Hamilton, 1st Sec’y of the Treasury helped create…


Added by Mark Small on July 3, 2022 at 9:24pm — No Comments

Patrick Henry: Give me liberty and give them death!

History: what this GOP & it shameful progeny SCOTUS try to void. Before too many books are burned, read The Anti-Federalist Papers. Amongst opponents of The Constitution, Patrick Henry on 6/5/1788 he spoke to VA’s ratification convention & complained: We the People instead 1/5

of We the States. He worried liberty would be lost. First: Henry favored States’ “rights” & The Constitution, he argued, denied that concept. So if someone tries to tell you States have rights &…


Added by Mark Small on July 1, 2022 at 1:54pm — No Comments

What will it take to convince people that trump tried to overthrow the gov't?

The question is simple: what will it take for a person to accept that trump criminal acts as he tried to hold onto the presidency? It’s an important question because it shapes what people believe as they vote in the November mid-term elections. Nixon still had 27% approval Aug 1, 1974. 1/5

Categories & if talking w/them is time wasted. 1) “Nothing will convince me.” They are the same ones of whom trump said he could shoot somebody in the middle of 5th Avenue & not lose votes.…


Added by Mark Small on June 29, 2022 at 8:30am — No Comments

People have fought for liberty, but mobs, like on Jan 6, use guns to oppress

Watergate wasn’t this blatant. Nixon still is the only POTUS to resign. trump had been “warned” that members of the mob that eventually stormed the Capitol were heavily armed. He knew the plans. He said weapons were okay because the mob wasn’t going to harm him. 1/5

The 2nd Amendment wasn’t meant to arm coups. The Jan 6 mob, Nazis amongst them, carried confederate flags. Many people died to end slavery and to secure rights for former slaves & their descendants. Many died fighting…


Added by Mark Small on June 28, 2022 at 7:59pm — No Comments

Will tomorrow's surprise witness at the Jan 6 committee hearing be retired Justice Anthony Kennedy?

The surprise witness at tomorrow’s hearing before the January 6 Committee, per two sources, is retired Justice Anthony Kennedy. SCOTUS has been jacked by theocrats and the decisions of the past couple of weeks on school vouchers and prayer after football games should be in Latin. 1/5

A 2/4/20 article in The Guardian, on “Dark Towers: Deutsche Bank, Donald Trump and an Epic Trail of Destruction,” by NYT finance editor David Enrich describes Kennedy retired in June ‘18 & gave trump…


Added by Mark Small on June 27, 2022 at 7:09pm — 1 Comment

Racists now are brazen

Person w/Facebook home page photo of confederate stars on bars superimposed on a U.S. flag, said “I have no problem with blacks or mexicans.” I said: “If you have the Confederate ‘X’ of stars across an American flag logo, then you have a problem with Blacks.” He replied: 1/4

“yeah keep thinking that boy now go play with your barbies.” Me: “you rack up points for stupidity. The Confederacy fought to keep slavery. That's about as racist as things get. And what"s this with ‘barbies’? Of…


Added by Mark Small on June 27, 2022 at 12:01pm — No Comments

The majority favors a woman's right to choose.

A majority of people in the USA opposed overturning Roe v Wade. CNN’s polling, since 1989, never has shown more than 36% favoring overturning Roe. Gerrymandering, packing the Court and less-than-candid testimony by GOP nominees to the Court ended with Roe’s reversal. 1/5

People who do not face crises of unwanted pregnancies can be self-righteous. But 1 in 4 women have an abortion at some point. I’ve met none who either were glib about the experience or who regretted it. Their reasons…


Added by Mark Small on June 26, 2022 at 2:41pm — 1 Comment

Evangelicals push a brand of nihilism & cannot legitimately claim to be moral

If Roe v Wade had not been handed down, violent crime would not have dropped in 1991. Males around 18 yo commit a significant percentage of violent crime, some of which are murder of real human beings, not fetuses. Donohue & Levitt’s conclusions are confirmed by other studies. 1/4

One in four women have abortions. This country has lousy health care, no day care, and squeezes people who want a higher education. If a woman survives pregnancy and gives birth, and if she is alone…


Added by Mark Small on June 26, 2022 at 8:40am — No Comments

Anti-choice women who believe rights are what they were in 1789 should shut up, as they would have been told to do in 1789

Our rights are not limited by The Constitution. Hamilton (Fed 84) said a bill of rights is harmful because what is not listed is not a right. Amend IX says: “The enumeration in the Constitution of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.” 1/6

The Civil War gave us a more powerful central government because States violated rights that are universal & should not be subject to State lines. Amend XIII ended slavery & XV protects…


Added by Mark Small on June 25, 2022 at 7:02pm — 2 Comments

Evangelicals don't believe other Christians really are, well, Christians

With a nod & a wink they assure you. Christians stick together, right? They’re Christians. If you don’t believe it, ask them. They get your vote. Then you find out they don’t believe you really are a Christian. You “sprinkle” instead of fully immersing for baptism. Or you worship statutes. 1/6

The Framers of The Constitution wanted to separate church & State, not because of any beliefs but Christianity. A lot of people in Europe died because of The Reformation, in which…


Added by Mark Small on June 25, 2022 at 1:28pm — No Comments

Evangelicals and abuse or neglect of kids

Evangelicals have political power far in excess of their numbers in Indiana & in violation of separation of church and State. Abuse or neglect of a child is a criminal act. One may reasonably infer that evangelicals believe causing a child to go to hell is harmful to that child. 1/5

Parents have a fundamental rt to raise their children, but this rt is not absolute. In re K.T.K. 989 N.E.2d 1225, 1230 (Ind. 2013). When parents are unwilling to meet parental responsibilities, their…


Added by Mark Small on June 25, 2022 at 11:07am — No Comments

Do not vote for any GOP candidates for U.S. House or Senate & I can say that as a GOP nominee & office holder

Majority rule is anathema to this iteration of the Republican Party. After all, its candidates for the Oval Office lost the popular vote eight of the last 10 elections. Despite its losers, the GOP has named six of the nine Justices on a Roberts Court that is as redolent as the Taney Court. 1/7

IN GOP Rule 1-6. If an individual openly supports a candidate after the primary who opposes a GOP candidate, they are not in good standing in the GOP & may be removed for cause. That’s the…


Added by Mark Small on June 24, 2022 at 12:42pm — No Comments

Questionnaire from Advance America, a right-wing NFP POS.

News today is depressing. The rule of law expires thanks to less-than-candid answers given at confirmation hearings. Gun guys dance as the 2nd Amendment is shot full of steroids & expands far beyond “original intent.” More ppl will be shot full holes. Kids aren’t safe. 1/7

We didn’t have mass school shootings until the NRA & its whores gave everyone guns to make us more safe. Teachers in public schools either can be shot with their kids or face jail time for teaching actual…


Added by Mark Small on June 23, 2022 at 4:23pm — No Comments

There's no such creature as a "RINO"

RINO (Republican in Name Only) What trump calls NE1 in GOP who opposes him. On 6/22 I was called RINO by person who 1) appears 2 B a troll & 2) is ignorant of IN GOP corp docs & history. IN GOP: not-4-profit incorp’d 2005 by Terre Haute/former Cit United atty J. Bopp. 1/4

IN GOP’s articles of incorp’n/rules don’t mention ideology but insulate entity that can’t be taken over as it was in 2005. Plus statutes give GOP automatic powers as one of 2 “major” political parties. As…


Added by Mark Small on June 23, 2022 at 6:56am — No Comments

We need poll workers & not guns at the polls

I worked the polls in 2006. The work was not pleasant. We had to be there from before the polls opened to after the polls closed. There was no question the voting was consistent with the law. A paper record was created after the electronic vote was cast. Both “major” parties had reps. 1/3

Poll workers from Georgia did their jobs & were doxed & terrorized to regret working the polls. Pres Biden didn’t win by fraud. The only fraud was for #45. Otoh, in 2016 trump got the Oval…


Added by Mark Small on June 21, 2022 at 7:34pm — No Comments

What we can expect as a result of the "pro-life" overturning of Roe: deaths.

Evangelicals, et al, are poised to get what they’ve wanted: overturn Roe v Wade. Politico has noted: According to Paul Weyrich, conservative activist & architect of the Religious Right, the movement’s initial focus was segregation They were for it) in the 1970s. As noted 1/6

in Roe, abortion has been common & accepted throughout history, by Christians and, strongly, by Judaism. 410 U.S. 129-30. Evangelicals no longer could advocate overtly for racism, so they shifted to…


Added by Mark Small on June 21, 2022 at 6:40am — No Comments

Guns kill a lot of people in an American way of death

Guns kill a lot of people in the USA each day. If person (a) can’t get or (b) is delayed in getting a gun, lives are saved. A lawyer on radio today demeaned the deterrent effect of criminal penalties for gun offenses. His avocation is to sell gun violence. Time is irrelevant. Guns rule.1/6

Guns have ruled our public schools for 20 years. Hundreds of millions of guns in the USA have not made us more “free.” So the sales pitch of such merchants of death is we need more guns to be able…


Added by Mark Small on June 20, 2022 at 8:02pm — No Comments

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