Leprechaun Laughs #173 for December 26th 2012


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 Ok I’m for SURE not awake when you are reading this, its even a fair possibility I’m not even all snug in my super duper tippy top secret Mayan End of Days Survival Fortress of I’m Taking It All With Me Shelter One Keebler Towers Penthouse king-sized bed whilst visions of naked SUGAR PLUM Fairies are dancing in my head.

Likely I’m either dead asleep (dare to awaken me Impish and DIE! ) or still on the road returning home from seeing Molly’s family for Christmas. Logistics and obligations required that we start our trip home late on Christmas Day. Since I will have been gone since the weekend I’m actually putting this edition together well in advance of publication.

Hope you all had a great Christmas, ate & drank only to excess, got some good gifts and spent some great family time together. I know I did and I even got to work on my winter tan some too (it was 80° where I was).

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Triplet Honeymoons

A mother had triplet daughters and, sure enough, they all got married the same day. On their wedding night, mom tells each one to write back about their married life. To avoid possible embarrassment to their new husbands by openly discussing their love lives, the mother and daughters agree to use newspaper advertisements as a “code” to let the mother know how their love lives are going.

Two days later the letters start to arrive from the various honeymoon destination spots.

The first one has the simple message: “Maxwell House Coffee”. The mother gets the newspaper and checked the Maxwell House advertisement, and it says, “Satisfaction to the last drop.” Mother is very happy.

The next day she gets the second letter. It reads: “Rothman’s Mattresses”. So the mother looks at the Rothman’s Mattresses ad and it’s headlined, “Full Size, King Size”. And the mother is happy.

But she waits and waits for the third letter. It finally arrives after three weeks and has the message: “British Airways”. Mother is at first perplexed, and when she finally finds the British Airways ad she fainted. The ad read:

“Three times a day, seven days a week, both ways.”

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If that’s hard to read, here’s the text:

Scouting for ‘camel toads’ at pool

Q: I hope you can help me with a problem I have with my godson. Last summer he visited me for two weeks and plans to return in July. When cleaning out the room he stays in, I found an unfinished correspondence to a chum of his in his hometown. In it he says he [is] going to our local pool to “scout out some camel toads.” (I believe that’s what it said, he had spilled iced tea all over the desk when writing it, and it damaged a lot of papers.) I’m concerned he is doing drugs.
I tried to look for camel toads in a drug book, and I didn’t find them, but I found references to some type of frog or toad that people in another country lick to hallucinate. I don’t want to approach him on this until I have more information.
He is a good boy in middle school whose parents do not even drink. Please let me know what camel toads are and how I might be able to tell if he is smoking, taking, or licking them.
Perhaps I should have talked to his parents, but I don’t want to jump the gun. Is this something the local authorities need to be alerted to in order to protect other patrons at the pool or surrounding area? A concerned and uninformed reader
A: The iced tea did a number on the toads, so my younger, hipper coworkers tell me. What he undoubtedly wrote was “camel toes,” a crude euphemism for, well, too-tight pants worn by females.
The good news is that the expression has absolutely nothing to do with drugs. It has everything to do with why teenage boys go to the pool in the first place.

 

Apparently I was a stupid kid: I went to the pool to swim, not scope out the crotches of my friends’ moms.

Yes, it’s real: it ran in the 15 June 2005 “Ask Leslie” advice column in the Hays, Kansas, Daily News. Leslie Potter was a librarian in town, and this happened to be one of her last columns; she moved away shortly afterward, presumably for reasons unrelated to this particular column.

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I met a fairy the other day and she said she would grant me one wish.
“I want to live forever,” I said.

“Sorry,” said the fairy, “I’m not allowed to grant that particular wish.”

“Fine,” I said, “then I want to die the day after Congress gets their heads out of their asses!”

“You crafty bastard,” said the fairy.

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The Year is running out!

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How to change a number 1 to a number 2.

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A Tongue-In-Cheek Commentary From a California Friend…

It’s So Unfair!

It irks me that all these people on the East Coast are bragging about how much rain they got. Although I have to wonder what some of these women meant when they said that they got eight inches last night.

Damn greedy Easterner get more rain in one day than what we poor, struggling people in southern California get in a year. So those snotty Easterners are strutting around, pointing out how they didn’t have to pay anyone to move their trees for them. How they didn’t have to pay to get their lawns and gardens watered. Those greedy bastards, showing off their recreational waterways in the streets. Like you really suffered, you whiners. I’ll show you suffering.

Here in southern California, we have to endure 80 degree weather with no cloud cover. Do you realize how hard it is to get sunscreen at this time of the year? I bet you self-absorbed bastards never thought of that. Keeping up a tan is hard work. Not that you pasty-faced Easterners would understand such grueling work. You have to lie perfectly still on hot beach sand for hours. And if some California blonde in a string bikini stands next to you, you have to tell her to move because her boobs are casting a shadow across your face. It’s a war zone out there.

Then you whiny whiners whine about high winds. Let me bend over and I will show you high wind, buddy. Every October we get hot dry Santa Ana winds that whip through our canyons at 80 miles per hour. You don’t see us saying we can’t go to school or we can’t go to work. You Easterners are a bunch of slackers. You’re letting a couple of drops of water be the excuse for why you can’t go to work or school. So while you slacking slackers are slacking off around your house, eating a scrumptious canned dinner in the romantic glow of flashlights, seductively swaying to the scintillating sound of news breaks on your battery-powered radios, we poor, hard-working southern Californians have to go to work and look at the sunshine on the other side of the window. What a torture!

This is so unfair, dammit. It is just not fair that you Easterners get all the breaks.

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Where to put #44??

Where, oh where — to put Obama’s picture.

George Washington, our nation’s first president and leader of the American Revolution!
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Abe Lincoln, honorable leader who pulled our nation through its darkest time!
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Alexander Hamilton, founding father, first Secretary of the Treasury and leader of the constitutional convention!
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Andrew Jackson, “Old Hickory ” fought the British in New Orleans !
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Ulysses Grant, Union army general, led the North through the Civil War!
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Ben Franklin, genius inventor, political theorist and leading author of the Constitution.
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Finally, we have someone to put on the food stamp!!!
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Obama’s policies have put more people on welfare than any president before him, so this placement is most appropriate. Unlike the Nobel Peace Prize, for which he did nothing, this is an “honor” he richly deserves.

 

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Ya’ll been warned now hear?

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I’m guessing some of you still have pesky Christmas guests eating you out of house and larder while others of you are now focusing on New Years and what special thing(s) to make for that. Here’s a bunch of things that will have you reaching to loosen your belt yet another notch. (Seriously Impish did you just loosen yours THREE notches in anticipation? I’ve never seen suspender tabs on a scaled hide before either! )

Blueberry Bread and Rice Pudding with Orange Caramel Sauce

This pudding combo uses both rice and sweet Hawaiian bread (with a blast of blueberries, orange zest and juice) for texture and flavor, with evaporated milk for richness without the fat. You’d never know it was fewer than 300 calories per serving!

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces sweet Hawaiian bread, cut into 1/2-inch pieces (about 10 cups)
  • 1 1/4 cups fat-free evaporated milk
  • 1 cup 2-percent milk
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • Large pinch freshly grated nutmeg
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup cooked wild rice
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 tablespoon toasted, sliced almonds
  • 1/4 teaspoon finely grated orange zest
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Spread the bread cubes out on a baking sheet and bake until toasted and golden, tossing halfway through, about 15 minutes. Let cool.

Whisk together 1 cup of the evaporated milk with the 2-percent milk, 1/2 cup sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla, nutmeg, a pinch of salt and eggs in a large bowl. Add the cooled bread cubes and wild rice. Toss to combine and set aside until the bread soaks up most of the liquid, about 30 minutes.

Stir the blueberries into the mixture and transfer to a lightly oiled 2-quart baking dish. Top with the almonds and bake until the bread pudding is set and golden, 30 to 40 minutes. Remove and let rest for a few minutes.

Meanwhile, add the remaining 2 tablespoons sugar to a small saucepan. Swirl over medium-low heat until the sugar dissolves and turns amber, about 7 minutes. Stir in the remaining 1/4 cup evaporated milk, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, orange zest, orange juice and a pinch of salt. Bring to a simmer and cook until slightly thickened, about 2 minutes. Drizzle the caramel sauce over bread pudding. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Cheesecake Brownies

These marbled brownies combine two decadent treats, lightened up. The cheesecake layer is made with reduced-fat cream cheese while low-fat buttermilk keeps the brownie base moist and fudgy.

Ingredients

  • Cooking spray
Cheesecake topping:
  • 8 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese (Neufchatel)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
Brownie Layer:
  • 2 ounces semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • 3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup lowfat buttermilk
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions

Position the rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Line an 8 by 8-inch baking pan with foil so it hangs over the edges by about 1-inch. Spray with cooking spray.

Cheesecake topping: In a medium bowl and using an electric mixer at medium speed, beat the cream cheese until smooth and creamy, about 1 minute. Beat in the sugar and the vanilla until very smooth, 1 to 2 minutes. Beat in the egg until well blended. Set aside.

Brownie layer: Put the chocolate, butter, and oil in a small microwave-safe bowl and heat at 75 percent power for 30 seconds. Stir and microwave again until melted and smooth, about 30 seconds longer. (Alternatively, put the chocolate, butter, and oil in a small heatproof bowl. Bring a small saucepan filled with 1 inch or so of water to a very slow simmer; set the bowl over, not touching, the water, and stir occasionally, until melted and smooth.)

Combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt, and cayenne in a medium bowl.

Combine the brown sugar and granulated sugar in a large bowl. Whisk in the buttermilk, egg whites, and vanilla. Add the chocolate mixture and whisk vigorously until fully incorporated and the batter is thick and glossy. Gradually add the flour mixture and stir just until it disappears.

Reserve 1/2 cup brownie batter and set aside. Scrape the remaining brownie batter into the prepared pan. Pour the cheesecake mixture evenly over top. Drop the reserved brownie batter in large dollops over the topping. Draw the handle of a wooden spoon through the two batters to create a swirled effect.

Bake until the top is just set, 40 to 45 minutes. Let cool completely in the pan on a wire rack. Lift brownies out of the pan by the foil and peel off the foil. Spray a knife with cooking spray and cut into 2-inch squares.

Nutritional analysis per serving: 1 brownie. Calories 200; Total Fat 10g; (Sat Fat 4 g, Mono Fat 3 g, Poly Fat 1 g); Protein 4 g; Carb 27 g; Fiber 1 g; Cholesterol 30 mg; Sodium 180 mg

Berry Brown Betty

This dessert lets fruit shine, with the sweet crunch of crushed sugar cones to round it all out.

Ingredients

  • 1 stick unsalted butter, melted, plus more for the dish
  • 4 Golden Delicious apples, peeled, cored and cut into 3/4-inch pieces
  • 2 cups blackberries
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • Finely grated zest and juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup crushed sugar cones (about 6 cones)
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped almonds
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Vanilla ice cream or whipped cream, for topping (optional)

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 1 1/2-quart baking dish. Toss the apples, blackberries, granulated sugar, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, the lemon zest and juice, flour and 4 tablespoons melted butter in a large bowl.

In another bowl, combine the cones, brown sugar, the remaining 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, the almonds, salt and the remaining 4 tablespoons melted butter.

Pour half of the apple-berry mixture into the prepared baking dish. Scatter half of the cone mixture on top. Spread the remaining apple-berry mixture on top, then sprinkle with the remaining cone mixture. Bake until the apples are soft and the topping is golden brown, 40 to 45 minutes. Transfer the dish to a rack and let sit 10 minutes before serving. Top with ice cream or whipped cream, if desired.

SERVES 8; Calories: 325; Total Fat 15 grams; Saturated Fat: 7.5 grams; Protein: 3 grams; Total carbohydrates: 48 grams; Sugar: 35 grams; Fiber 5 grams; Cholesterol: 30 milligrams; Sodium: 168 milligrams

Ginger Spice Cheesecake

Prep 15 min.  Total 7 hr. 40 min.  Serves 16

Bake: 1 hr. 5 min. Chill: 4 hr.   Cool: 2 hr. 20 min.

Cinnamon, nutmeg and a secret ingredient make this mouthwatering cheesecake anything but ordinary.  Cool and creamy with just the right amount of spice…it’s absolutely irresistible!

What You’ll Need

38 gingersnap cookies, finely crushed (2 cups cookie crumbs)
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1 1/3 cups plus 3 tablespoons sugar
3 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
1 can (10 3/4 ounces) Campbell’s® Condensed Tomato Soup
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
3 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

How to Make It

  • 1

    Heat the oven to 350°F.  Wrap aluminum foil around the outside of a 9-inch springform pan.

  • 2

    Stir the cookie crumbs, butter and 3 tablespoons sugar in a medium bowl.  Press the crumb mixture into the bottom and 1/2 inch up the sides of the pan.

  • 3

    Bake for 10 minutes or until the crust is lightly browned.  Remove the pan from the oven.  Let the crust cool in the pan on a wire rack for 20 minutes.

  • 4

    Beat the cream cheese and remaining sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed until the mixture is creamy.  Beat in the soup, cinnamon and nutmeg.  Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.  Beat in the vanilla extract.  Pour the batter into the pan.

  • 5

    Bake for 55 minutes or until the center is almost set.  Let the cheesecake cool in the pan on a wire rack for 2 hours.  Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.

Nutritional Information

The following nutritional information refers to the entire recipe and not just the products used as ingredients.

Nutrition per Serving

Campbell’s Tomato Soup

Calories 327   Total Fat 19g   Saturated Fat 10g   Cholesterol  105mg

Sodium 322mg   Total Carbohydrate 35g   Dietary Fiber 1g

Protein 5g   Vitamin A 15%DV   Vitamin C   2%DV   Calcium 6%DV

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Tomato Carrot Spice Cake

At a glance

Prep 20 min.  Total 2 hr. 30 min.   Serves 16

Bake: 1 hr.   Cool: 1 hr. 10 min.

Using soup to make cake…you bet!  Celebrate the season with this delectable spice cake, made moist and tasty with carrots, raisins, nuts and our special ingredient…tomato soup.

What You’ll Need

Vegetable cooking spray
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 eggs
1 can (10 3/4 ounces) Campbell’s® Condensed Tomato Soup
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1 3/4 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 large carrots, finely shredded (about 3 cups)
1 cup golden raisins
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
1 cup heavy cream
2 teaspoons grated orange peel
2 tablespoons orange-flavored liqueur

How to Make It

  • 1

    Heat the oven to 350°F. Spray a 12-cup fluted tube cake pan with the cooking spray.

  • 2

    Mix the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in a large bowl.

  • 3

    Beat the eggs with a fork or wire whisk in another large bowl. Beat in the soup, oil, sugar and vanilla. Stir in the carrots.

  • 4

    Add the soup mixture to the flour mixture, stirring just to moisten. Stir in the raisins and walnuts. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan.

  • 5

    Bake for 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Cool the cake in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove the cake from the pan and cool completely on the wire rack.

  • 6

    Stir the cream, orange peel and liqueur in a medium bowl. Beat with an electric mixer on high speed until the mixture is stiff. Serve the whipped cream mixture with the cake.

 

 

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We’re all still acutely aware of the Tragedy the befell Sandy Hook Elementary School less than 2 weeks ago. Unfortunately such events seem to be like flames to a moth when it comes to other sick whackos. The Sunday following the tragedy someone made a bomb threat against the local Catholic Church their in Sandy Hook, St Rose of Lima and the Noon Mass being held to remember the victims was interrupted, evacuated and the Church had to be closed for the rest of the day. I’m fairly certain there was at least one other incident not in the area of Sandy Hook that but that was related to the remembrance of the victims though as I write this I cannot recall where I saw it or the exact circumstances.

However there is one going virally around the internet that is pure ‘heifer dust’. Like all good BS hoaxes this one is well timed as well as wrapped in thin veneers of truth and angst. While essentially the author makes multiple good points about the problems of raising mentally ill children and getting tragedy preventative help she does it while apparently telling BLAINTANT LIES about her “first hand” experience with this issue AND at the expense of her CHILDREN’S REPUTATION as normal health well adjusted typical kids!

Here is a typical presentation of the suspect load of steaming farm fresh bio-waste:

I am Adam Lanza’s Mother

It’s time to talk about mental illness

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“Michael” with butterfly

I am Adam Lanza’s Mother

It’s time to talk about mental illness

Friday’s horrific national tragedy—the murder of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut—has ignited a new discussion on violence in America. In kitchens and coffee shops across the country, we tearfully debate the many faces of violence in America: gun culture, media violence, lack of mental health services, overt and covert wars abroad, religion, politics and the way we raise our children. Liza Long, a writer based in Boise, says it’s easy to talk about guns. But it’s time to talk about mental illness.

Three days before 20 year-old Adam Lanza killed his mother, then opened fire on a classroom full of Connecticut kindergartners, my 13-year old son Michael (name changed) missed his bus because he was wearing the wrong color pants.

“I can wear these pants,” he said, his tone increasingly belligerent, the black-hole pupils of his eyes swallowing the blue irises.

“They are navy blue,” I told him. “Your school’s dress code says black or khaki pants only.”

“They told me I could wear these,” he insisted. “You’re a stupid bitch. I can wear whatever pants I want to. This is America. I have rights!”

“You can’t wear whatever pants you want to,” I said, my tone affable, reasonable. “And you definitely cannot call me a stupid bitch. You’re grounded from electronics for the rest of the day. Now get in the car, and I will take you to school.”

I live with a son who is mentally ill. I love my son. But he terrifies me.

A few weeks ago, Michael pulled a knife and threatened to kill me and then himself after I asked him to return his overdue library books. His 7 and 9 year old siblings knew the safety plan—they ran to the car and locked the doors before I even asked them to. I managed to get the knife from Michael, then methodically collected all the sharp objects in the house into a single Tupperware container that now travels with me. Through it all, he continued to scream insults at me and threaten to kill or hurt me.

That conflict ended with three burly police officers and a paramedic wrestling my son onto a gurney for an expensive ambulance ride to the local emergency room. The mental hospital didn’t have any beds that day, and Michael calmed down nicely in the ER, so they sent us home with a prescription for Zyprexa and a follow-up visit with a local pediatric psychiatrist.

We still don’t know what’s wrong with Michael. Autism spectrum, ADHD, Oppositional Defiant or Intermittent Explosive Disorder have all been tossed around at various meetings with probation officers and social workers and counselors and teachers and school administrators. He’s been on a slew of antipsychotic and mood altering pharmaceuticals, a Russian novel of behavioral plans. Nothing seems to work.

At the start of seventh grade, Michael was accepted to an accelerated program for highly gifted math and science students. His IQ is off the charts. When he’s in a good mood, he will gladly bend your ear on subjects ranging from Greek mythology to the differences between Einsteinian and Newtonian physics to Doctor Who. He’s in a good mood most of the time. But when he’s not, watch out. And it’s impossible to predict what will set him off.

Several weeks into his new junior high school, Michael began exhibiting increasingly odd and threatening behaviors at school. We decided to transfer him to the district’s most restrictive behavioral program, a contained school environment where children who can’t function in normal classrooms can access their right to free public babysitting from 7:30-1:50 Monday through Friday until they turn 18.

The morning of the pants incident, Michael continued to argue with me on the drive. He would occasionally apologize and seem remorseful. Right before we turned into his school parking lot, he said, “Look, Mom, I’m really sorry. Can I have video games back today?”

“No way,” I told him. “You cannot act the way you acted this morning and think you can get your electronic privileges back that quickly.”

His face turned cold, and his eyes were full of calculated rage. “Then I’m going to kill myself,” he said. “I’m going to jump out of this car right now and kill myself.”

That was it. After the knife incident, I told him that if he ever said those words again, I would take him straight to the mental hospital, no ifs, ands, or buts. I did not respond, except to pull the car into the opposite lane, turning left instead of right.

“Where are you taking me?” he said, suddenly worried. “Where are we going?”

“You know where we are going,” I replied.

“No! You can’t do that to me! You’re sending me to hell! You’re sending me straight to hell!”

I pulled up in front of the hospital, frantically waiving for one of the clinicians who happened to be standing outside. “Call the police,” I said. “Hurry.”

Michael was in a full-blown fit by then, screaming and hitting. I hugged him close so he couldn’t escape from the car. He bit me several times and repeatedly jabbed his elbows into my rib cage. I’m still stronger than he is, but I won’t be for much longer.

The police came quickly and carried my son screaming and kicking into the bowels of the hospital. I started to shake, and tears filled my eyes as I filled out the paperwork—“Were there any difficulties with… at what age did your child… were there any problems with.. has your child ever experienced.. does your child have…”

At least we have health insurance now. I recently accepted a position with a local college, giving up my freelance career because when you have a kid like this, you need benefits. You’ll do anything for benefits. No individual insurance plan will cover this kind of thing.

For days, my son insisted that I was lying—that I made the whole thing up so that I could get rid of him. The first day, when I called to check up on him, he said, “I hate you. And I’m going to get my revenge as soon as I get out of here.”

By day three, he was my calm, sweet boy again, all apologies and promises to get better. I’ve heard those promises for years. I don’t believe them anymore.

On the intake form, under the question, “What are your expectations for treatment?” I wrote, “I need help.”

And I do. This problem is too big for me to handle on my own. Sometimes there are no good options. So you just pray for grace and trust that in hindsight, it will all make sense.

I am sharing this story because I am Adam Lanza’s mother. I am Dylan Klebold’s and Eric Harris’s mother. I am James Holmes’s mother. I am Jared Loughner’s mother. I am Seung-Hui Cho’s mother. And these boys—and their mothers—need help. In the wake of another horrific national tragedy, it’s easy to talk about guns. But it’s time to talk about mental illness.

According to Mother Jones, since 1982, 61 mass murders involving firearms have occurred throughout the country. Of these, 43 of the killers were white males, and only one was a woman. Mother Jones focused on whether the killers obtained their guns legally (most did). But this highly visible sign of mental illness should lead us to consider how many people in the U.S. live in fear, like I do.

When I asked my son’s social worker about my options, he said that the only thing I could do was to get Michael charged with a crime. “If he’s back in the system, they’ll create a paper trail,” he said. “That’s the only way you’re ever going to get anything done. No one will pay attention to you unless you’ve got charges.”

I don’t believe my son belongs in jail. The chaotic environment exacerbates Michael’s sensitivity to sensory stimuli and doesn’t deal with the underlying pathology. But it seems like the United States is using prison as the solution of choice for mentally ill people. According to Human Rights Watch, the number of mentally ill inmates in U.S. prisons quadrupled from 2000 to 2006, and it continues to rise—in fact, the rate of inmate mental illness is five times greater (56 percent) than in the non-incarcerated population.

With state-run treatment centers and hospitals shuttered, prison is now the last resort for the mentally ill—Rikers Island, the LA County Jail and Cook County Jail in Illinois housed the nation’s largest treatment centers in 2011.

No one wants to send a 13-year old genius who loves Harry Potter and his snuggle animal collection to jail. But our society, with its stigma on mental illness and its broken healthcare system, does not provide us with other options. Then another tortured soul shoots up a fast food restaurant. A mall. A kindergarten classroom. And we wring our hands and say, “Something must be done.”

I agree that something must be done. It’s time for a meaningful, nation-wide conversation about mental health. That’s the only way our nation can ever truly heal.

God help me. God help Michael. God help us all.

(Originally published at The Anarchist Soccer Mom.)

Liza Long is an author, musician, and erstwhile classicist. She is also a single mother of four bright, loved children, one of whom has special needs.

Now for the TRUTH about this heart wrenching article and this woman:

Want the Truth Behind “I Am Adam Lanza’s Mother”? Read her blog.

Posted on December 16, 2012

Update: Please see my joint statement with Liza Long. We do not want to be part of a “mommy war” and want to steer this conversation in a productive and respectful direction.

Update: Please see my follow-up post “A brief response on Liza Long”

Liza Long, the woman who wrote the viral post “I Am Adam Lanza’s Mother”, is being held up as a heroic woman warranting sympathy for bring the plight of her mentally ill son to the public.

Her blog tells a different story. Long has written a series of vindictive and cruel posts about her children in which she fantasizes about beating them, locking them up and giving them away. In most posts, her allegedly insane and violent son is portrayed as a normal boy who incites her wrath by being messy, buying too many Apple products and supporting Obama.

I feel uncomfortable speculating about someone’s private life based on a blog. But since these children are likely to be the object of enormous media attention, someone should be paying close attention to the words of their mother.

These children could be in real danger if her goal was to capitalize on the Newtown tragedy by creating a media campaign designed to give her sympathy. If I am wrong about this, I truly apologize. But there is a 13-year-old boy who has already had his reputation destroyed and who may be facing serious harm.

This “national conversation” on mental illness needs to include the mental illness of mothers and the online privacy of their children.

According to the blog, Liza Long is going through a bitter divorce and has violent and paranoid fantasies about her family. The father of the children is also portrayed as abusive.

Below, some excerpts:

On wanting to throttle her kids and give them to the state, in blog post titled I Quit!

Dear Progeny of Mine who cannot be in the car together for more than five minutes without erupting into screams that make a Japanese horror flick seem tame by comparison: No, you cannot ever have computer time again. Not ever. Your “I love to fart on you” song may seem whimsical or even clever to you, my dear seven year old. But it makes me want to throttle you.

And you, the 11 year old in the back, if you even touch your brother again, I will call your parole officer.  I quit! Let the state take care of you and your compulsive inability to stop poking people.

And five year old, please only cry like that if you are facing imminent death—not if you drop your lollipop on the car floor, where it joins a two year food supply of discarded candy, fruit snacks, and cracker crumbs. Believe me, life will throw you much tougher challenges, and at this rate, you will be nothing but a fluffy cheerleader who drops the ball at the first sign of a chipped manicure.

On her allegedly violently insane son, described pre-Newtown massacre as a normal boy:

Those of you who aren’t parents should really take my advice and stick with a puppy.

Because the puppy will never grow up to be a teenager.

Confession: My teen is driving me nuts. Oh sure, the rest of you see this poised, self-confident, polite young man who always holds doors open and helps little old ladies cross the street and can magically make your iPad work. Sure, he’s a straight A Boy Scout who can play anything in the key of Coldplay on the piano and writes English essays that make his teacher weep for joy.

What you don’t see is him shooting rubber bands at his siblings while he is supposed to be cleaning the Room of Doom. I have asked him to clean said room, every day for the past two months, roughly 14.7 times per hour. If you have a teenage son, you know the room I am talking about. There’s no point in even trying to guess if the clothes are clean or dirty, or what that strange bloodlike substance on the wall is, or where the two year supply of cookie crumbs ground into the carpet came from. Do not, under any circumstances, look under the bed.

My son’s room also features a bizarre altar decorated with icons and product boxes for every single Apple item ever produced. The only thing missing is a candle. A picture of Saint Steve Jobs smirks benevolently down on this collection, which I must confess I didn’t realize was a collection—to me, it looked like a lot of old product packaging that needed to be tossed.

“No, Mom!” my son screamed as I started toward the shrine with a garbage bag in hand. “That’s Apple stuff! Steve Jobs personally designed those boxes. By himself!”

Um, okay.

In addition to worshiping Steve Jobs, my son is an Obama-loving Democrat. All day long I have to listen to him go on and on about how President Obama and Steve Jobs have made the earth a paradise right here and now, set to a Coldplay soundtrack (okay, at least the kid has decent taste in tuneage).

This is, of course, revenge for my own Ronald Reagan-loving years in a Carter-Dukakis-Clinton household. I still love Ronald Reagan.

This repudiation continues on citing specific instances where the woman apparently untruthfully publicly rants about how terrible her children are, as well as her son’s non-existent mental illness.

http://sarahkendzior.com/2012/12/16/want-the-truth-behind-i-am-adam-lanzas-mother-read-her-blog/

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Instagram says it now has the right to sell your photos

In its first big policy shift since Facebook bought the photo-sharing site, Instagram claims the right to sell users’ photos without payment or notification. Oh, and there’s no way to opt out.

How cool will those Instagrammed photos look in ads? Not very, but it’s happening anyway. The photo-sharing site announced on Monday that it has the right to sell all images without notification or payment—a huge policy shift that comes just three months after Facebook completed its acquisition of the site. And there’s more: unless Instagram users delete their accounts before January 16—the day the policy starts—they cannot opt out. So what does this mean? Instagram can sell your photos to advertisers, so your image of a restaurant can then be sold to that restaurant for a profit for Instagram—but not for the user. The move has already caused an outcry among Instagram users.

Reginald Braithwaite, an author and software developer, posted a tongue-in-cheek “translation” of the new Instagram policy today: “You are not our customers, you are the cattle we drive to market and auction off to the highest bidder. Enjoy your feed and keep producing the milk.”

Read the rest of the article here: http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-57559710-38/instagram-says-it-now-has-the-right-to-sell-your-photos/

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Old-time radio programs

Do you have a lot of spare room on your music player? If so, you may be looking for an inexpensive way to load it up.

You probably have music and podcasts on your player, but don’t forget about radio programming. Old-time radio is a lot of fun. You’ll find free, legal old-time radio programs online.

The Internet Archive has a large selection of old radio programs such as Sherlock Holmes, Dragnet and World War II news broadcasts.

You can download the episodes in MP3 format. They’ll work on any music player, smartphone or computer. Or you can burn them to CD for listening in the car.

Cost: Free

Link: archive.org

 

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I received this in my Inbox several days ago and deliberately did not read it but rather filed it for a later time. At that time my feelings were too raw to be able to read it.

See,I was raised to believe it is an able-bodied man’s duty to protect Children, Pets, the Elderly/Infirm and the Wimmin Folk (ladies don’t hand me no feminist lip now, I’m an old soul, an Officer (I hope) a Gentleman and I was taught to revere and honor the old ways so just bloody humor me) from harm to the maximum extent of our abilities in all cases and circumstances. This happening so near to my home wounded those sensibilities very deeply.

The author of the piece makes multiple good points with which I DO agree. However he also provoked me to thinking (and we all know just how dangerous THAT is!). When I started hearing all the clamoring for renewed Assault Weapons bans, stricter gun control laws, how a Television show about gun which saw a 50% increase in its ratings in its second year was canceled because of the liberal left’s comments on its FACEBOOK page (though the Network refuses to admit it publically), how many shows the Networks were either pulling episodes of or rescheduling the airing of episodes of period and how Radio Stations were pulling songs with ANY mention of violence or shootings on any kind from their airplay lists (you have to wonder what is left to play on the Rap stations) the thoughts which has been peculating in my mind just totally went from controlled reaction critical mass in less than a nanosecond in reaction to the removal of the logic rods which control such things and prevent the infusion of Liberal lunacy into my mind.

I actually piety the idiot from the PC Police or the Liberal Touchy Feelies that is dumb enough to suggest to me that in light of what happened I need to change the name of this feature to something which respects the sensitivities of the families of the slain or because it promotes gun violence.

First the well written article (attribution link is below it):

IS IT GUNS? Is it violent TV shows, movies, or video games? Is it crazy America? Well, before violent movies, in Bath Township, Michigan, on May 18, 1927, three bombs were exploded at Bath School, killing 38 elementary (second- to sixth-grade) school children, as well as two teachers and four other adults (plus the bomber), and at least 58 others were injured. The bomber? The treasurer for the School Board, who drove up in his car and set off a bomb to kill and injure those who went to the school to help.

That, not Newtown, not Columbine, not Virginia Tech, was the deadliest mass murder in a school in U.S. history. No guns involved, and Hollywood couldn’t be blamed back then. Nor were there guns — or Americans — involved in another incident today, which was mostly pushed out of the news in the U.S. in light of the horrific Connecticut incident: in Henan, China, a man went into a school and stabbed 22 children, plus one adult. Apparently, no one was killed, but one report I read said it was part of a “wave of brutal stabbings and hammerings throughout China” over the past few years.
Cripes: HAMMERINGS of children?!

What lesson can we get from things like what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown? That it’s not something new, it’s not something American, and it’s not about bombs, guns, knives …or hammers. It’s about the how crazy people (and sometimes not-so-crazy people) turn to violence as an answer to their problems, real or perceived. I don’t know what the answer is, but it’s going to have to involve discussion on how we’ve closed most of our mental hospitals, pushing the mentally ill out to fend for themselves, or for ill-equipped families to deal with them without help. And yes, we DO need to have a discussion about whether it’s too easy for “nutballs” (or the irresponsible with guns families of “nutballs”) to get guns.

As I was writing this, I had the news on in the background (my “local” stations are from Denver; Columbine High School is just outside Littleton, a Denver suburb. I had the paragraph above finished when they showed an interview with the principal at Columbine — at the time of the 1999 shootings there, and still today. Frank DeAngeles said the answer isn’t more school security, and isn’t more gun control, but rather better help for people with mental problems. “The thing that I keep stating time and time again is what causes so much hate in people’s hearts that they’re willing to walk into an elementary school to injure or kill kids? Where did this start?” One thing that’s clear is, it started long, long ago. The better question to ask is, How will it end?

The only other thing I want to say tonight is a thank-you to my brother  and sister First Responders — police, firefighters, and EMTs – who rushed in to help today without having any idea whether it was safe, and were witness to unspeakable horror. I posted this to Facebook this  afternoon, attributed to the late children’s TV host Mr. Rogers: “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would  say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of ‘disaster,’ I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers — so many caring people in this world.” It is indeed comforting to know that when something like this does happen, there are always — ALWAYS — helpers to work toward making things better.

 http://www.thisistrue.com/d-newtown

Before we get to my reaction, our Legal Department insists a Disclaimer is required.

I FREELY ACKNOWLEDGE THAT SOME OF THE THOUGHTS AND WORDING BELOW ARE NOT SOLELY MINE BUT HAS BEEN PASSED AROUND THE WEB SO MUCH AS TO MAKE IT NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE TO LOCATE THE ORIGINAL SOURCE MATERIAL TO ATTRIBUTE IT CORRECTLY AND ACCURATELY.

BECAUSE OF THIS, I BELIEVE IT FALLS UNDER THE TERMS OF THE ‘FAIR USE’. ADDITIONALLY IN MOST CASES I HAVE EXPOUNDED MY OWN THOUGHTS/CLAIRIFICATIONS TO THOSE QUOTES USED, SO THEY ARE NOT WHOLLY TRUE TO THEIR ORIGINAL FORM TO GO BACK AND REFERENCE THEM.

LIBERALS AND ANYONE ELSE HAVING A CLOSE MINDED PROBLEM WITH THIS OR MY VIEWS EXPRESSED BELOW SHOULD FEEL FREE TO GO FRY ICE. POLITE DISCUSSION OF VIEWS OR OPINIONS OTHER THAN THE CLOSED MINDED EXPOUNDING OF LIBERAL  NONREALITY BASED ILLLOGICAL BOVINE BYPRODUCT PARTY DOGMA ON THE EVILS OF GUNS  ARE WELCOMED.

The only people that would voluntarily give up their guns or not have one to give up, are the law abiding citizens. The criminals will never give up
their illegal, non-registered weapons. The result would be a very well armed
criminal population & an unarmed citizen population unable to defend itself
against the criminals OR the government.
This is precisely what the liberals
especially Obama want.

If the populace at large does not possess the SAME types of weapons as the government then they are little threat to it and a well armed populace ceases to be an effective deterrent to tyranny.

Saying that the legal ownership of a Bushmaster AR-15 was responsible for
the Newtown tragedy (notice they say nearly nothing about the 2 hi capacity
pistols which he also carried only the Assault style rife!) shows the exactly
same level of illogical liberal thinking as blaming a legally owned car for the car bombing it was used to carry out. In both cases there were simply a tool in the hands of someone bent on a murderous rampage who bears the
responsibility for the use of the tool.

Since in this case the welder of the tool is no long available to punish and
vilify for his crime, there are those on the left who would opportunistically
indict the tool for his crime in his place. They hope for a rush to judgment in an unfair trial in the court of public opinion due to the over wrought emotions and knee jerk reactions of the rest of the populace.

You want to blame someone? Hold someone responsible for this? Place someone
on trial for the actions of Adam Lanza? OK. Fine by me. Lets get right to the guts of this situation and place the blame where it so obviously squarely should be- I charge not the rifle or the 2 pistols he carried, I charge not Adam the mastermind behind the attack and trigger,

I CHARGE NANCY LANZA WITH FULL THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THIS HORRIFIC TRADEGY!

SHE is the one that took up target shooting in the last several years while raising a mentally ill (her words now) child that she was loath to leave along because she didn’t feel she could trust him and/or his behavior if left unsupervised.

SHE is the one who purchased the guns and brought them into a home with a
mentally unstable person whom she KNEW FULL WELL to be mentally unstable.

SHE is the one who took someone with Asperger’s Syndrome, which one of the known symptoms of is obsessive fixation (a potentially dangerous and deadly combination with readily accessible firearms) to the range and encouraged him to shoot REPEATEDLY AND OFTEN.

SHE is the one who obviously FAILED TO TAKE PROPER SAFETY MEASURES in securing those firearms against unauthorized access/usage as well as failed
to safely secure the ammunition and clips for them IN A HOME WHERE A
JUDGMENT IMPAIRED INDIVIDUAL
was also residing.

While arguably she did pay the maximum penalty for her poor judgments and gun safety failures, so did 27 others along with her and their families including 20 children who were far too young to know what the business end of a weapon pointed at them in anger and hatred looked like much less experience it to the ultimate effect!

I SAY NANCY LANZA’S nearly criminal level of stupidity and poor judgment coupled with her careless disregard for even the most basic levels of firearm safety, NOT ADAM, NOT THE BUSHMASTER AR-15 that was used, NOT THE LOOP HOLE RIDDEN MENTAL HEALTH LAWS OF CONNECTICUT IS ULTIMATELY RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS TRAGEDY AND DESERVES THE VILIFICATION THAT THOSE ATTEMPTING TO ONCE AGAIN HI-JACK A TRAGEDY TO GUN-BAND-ISTAN ARE HEAPING UPON THE “ASSAULT WEAPON” for their own liberal we’ll stop at nothing, no such thing as stooping too low to get what we want agenda!

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HOW DO YOU STOP SCHOOL/PUBLIC MASS SHOOTINGS THEN LETHAL?

I’m SO VERY glad you asked! The simple answer to this in fact comes from an e-mails sent me by loyal reader/commenter (even if she DOES do it largely in private) Graciemj {colored highlighting, underlining or bold print is my editorial emphasis of extremely salient facts/points]

 

WE KNOW HOW TO STOP SCHOOL SHOOTINGS

December 19, 2012

In the wake of a monstrous crime like a madman’s mass murder of defenseless women and children at the Newtown, Conn., elementary school, the nation’s attention is riveted on what could have been done to prevent such a massacre.

Luckily, some years ago, two famed economists, William Landes at the University of Chicago and John Lott at Yale, conducted a massive study of multiple victim public shootings in the United States between 1977 and 1995 to see how various legal changes affected their frequency and death toll.

Landes and Lott examined many of the very policies being proposed right now in response to the Connecticut massacre: waiting periods and background checks for guns, the death penalty and increased penalties for committing a crime with a gun.

None of these policies had any effect on the frequency of, or carnage from, multiple-victim shootings. (I note that they did not look at reforming our lax mental health laws, presumably because the ACLU is working to keep dangerous nuts on the street in all 50 states.)

Only one public policy has ever been shown to reduce the death rate from such crimes: concealed-carry laws.

Their study controlled for age, sex, race, unemployment, retirement, poverty rates, state population, murder arrest rates, violent crime rates, and on and on.

The effect of concealed-carry laws in deterring mass public shootings was even greater than the impact of such laws on the murder rate generally.

Someone planning to commit a single murder in a concealed-carry state only has to weigh the odds of one person being armed. But a criminal planning to commit murder in a public place has to worry that anyone in the entire area might have a gun.

You will notice that most multiple-victim shootings occur in “gun-free zones” — even within states that have concealed-carry laws: public schools, churches, Sikh temples, post offices, the movie theater where James Holmes committed mass murder, and the Portland, Ore., mall where a nut starting gunning down shoppers a few weeks ago.

Guns were banned in all these places. Mass killers may be crazy, but they’re not stupid.

If the deterrent effect of concealed-carry laws seems surprising to you, that’s because the (liberal) media hide stories of armed citizens stopping mass shooters. At the Portland shooting, for example, no explanation was given for the amazing fact that the assailant managed to kill only two people in the mall during the busy Christmas season.

It turns out, concealed-carry-holder Nick Meli hadn’t noticed that the mall was a gun-free zone. He pointed his (otherwise legal) gun at the shooter as he paused to reload, and the next shot was the attempted mass murderer killing himself. (Meli aimed, but didn’t shoot, because there were bystanders behind the shooter.)

In a nonsense “study” going around the Internet right now, Mother Jones magazine claims to have produced its own study of all public shootings in the last 30 years and concludes: “In not a single case was the killing stopped by a civilian using a gun.”

This will come as a shock to people who know something about the subject.

The magazine reaches its conclusion by simply excluding all cases where an armed civilian stopped the shooter: They looked only at public shootings where four or more people were killed, i.e., the ones where the shooter wasn’t stopped.

If we care about reducing the number of people killed in mass shootings, shouldn’t we pay particular attention to the cases where the aspiring mass murderer was prevented from getting off more than a couple rounds?

It would be like testing the effectiveness of weed killers, but refusing to consider any cases where the weeds died.

In addition to the Portland mall case, here are a few more examples excluded by the Mother Jones’ methodology:

— Mayan Palace Theater, San Antonio, Texas, this week: Jesus Manuel Garcia shoots at a movie theater, a police car and bystanders from the nearby China Garden restaurant; as he enters the movie theater, guns blazing, an armed off-duty cop shoots Garcia four times, stopping the attack. Total dead: Zero.

— Winnemucca, Nev., 2008: Ernesto Villagomez opens fire in a crowded restaurant; concealed carry permit-holder shoots him dead. Total dead: Two. (I’m excluding the shooters’ deaths in these examples.)

— Appalachian School of Law, 2002: Crazed immigrant shoots the dean and a professor, then begins shooting students; as he goes for more ammunition, two armed students point their guns at him, allowing a third to tackle him. Total dead: Three.

— Santee, Calif., 2001: Student begins shooting his classmates — as well as the “trained campus supervisor”; an off-duty cop who happened to be bringing his daughter to school that day points his gun at the shooter, holding him until more police arrive. Total dead: Two.

— Pearl High School, Mississippi, 1997: After shooting several people at his high school, student heads for the junior high school; assistant principal Joel Myrick retrieves a .45 pistol from his car and points it at the gunman’s head, ending the murder spree. Total dead: Two.

— Edinboro, Pa., 1998: A student shoots up a junior high school dance being held at a restaurant; restaurant owner pulls out his shotgun and stops the gunman. Total dead: One.

By contrast, the shootings in gun-free zones invariably result in far higher casualty figures — Sikh temple, Oak Creek, Wis. (six dead); Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va. (32 dead); Columbine High School, Columbine, Colo. (12 dead); Amish school, Lancaster County, Pa. (five little girls killed); public school, Craighead County, Ark. (five killed, including four little girls).

All these took place in gun-free zones, resulting in lots of people getting killed — and thereby warranting inclusion in the Mother Jones study.

If what we care about is saving the lives of innocent human beings by reducing the number of mass public shootings and the deaths they cause, only one policy has ever been shown to work: concealed-carry laws. On the other hand, if what we care about is self-indulgent grandstanding, (PAYING ATTENTION LIBERALS ?!) and to hell with dozens of innocent children being murdered in cold blood, try the other policies.

COPYRIGHT 2012 ANN COULTER DISTRIBUTED BY UNIVERSAL UCLICK http://www.anncoulter.com/columns/2012-12-19.html

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See you next year for your first hangover of 2013!

We’ll be prepared with a buffet of hangover remedies, hair of the dog, lots of strong coffee and several of those hangover treatment buses handy

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About lethalleprechaun

I believe in being the kind of man who, when my feet touch the floor in the morn', causes the Devil to say "BUGGER ME! HIMSELF IS UP!" ======== I'm a White Married Heterosexual who fervently believes in the war(s) we are fighting, the Second Amendment which I plan on defending with my last breath and my last round of ammunition as well as Arizona's stringent law on Immigration and the need for the border wall. I'm a right of center Con-centrist with Tea Party & Republican sympathies who drives an SUV. I am a Life Time Member of the NRA, a Charter Member of the Patriots' Border Alliance and North American Hunters Association. If there is a season for it and I can shoot one I'll eat it and proudly wear its fur. I believe PETA exists solely to be a forum for Gays, Vegetarians, Hollywood snobbery to stupid to get into politics and Soybean Growers. The ACLU stopped protecting our civil liberties sometime after the 1960s and now serves its own bigoted headline grabbing agenda much in the same way as the Southern Poverty Law Center. I am ecstatic that WE the PEOPLE finally got mad enough to rise up and take back the Government from WE the ENTITLED and reverently wish the Liberals would just get over the loss and quit whining/protesting all the time. After all they're just reaping what they've sown. I am Pro-choice both when it comes to the issue of abortion AND school prayer. I believe in a government for the people, by the people which represents and does the people's will. Therefore I an Pro States rights and mandatory term limits but against special interest group campaign contributions and soft money. I think that sports teams who allow their players to sit or take a knee during the National Anthem should be boycotted until the message is received that this is not acceptable behavior for role models for children. I believe Congressional salaries should be voted on bi-annually by the people they represent and not by themselves. I think Congress should be subject to every law they pass on the populace including any regarding Social Security or Healthcare. Speaking of the Healthcare bill (or con job as I see it) I hope Trump will overturn it and set things back to normal. I oppose the building of an Mosque or ANY Islamic center at or within a 10 mile radius of Ground Zero in New York. I will fight those in favor of this until hell freezes over and then I will continue to fight it hand to hand on the ice. Further I think the ban on immigrants from certain nations known to harbor and promote terrorism is a justified measure, at least until we can come up with better methods of vetting and tracking those non citizens we allow in the country. We did not inflict this measure on them those who refuse to point out, denounce or fight radical religious terrorism brought this upon themselves.
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3 Responses to Leprechaun Laughs #173 for December 26th 2012

  1. lethalleprechaun says:

    I think there are other better solutions to the problem- armed guards with only one entry access point during the day. Restricted access from the administration areas to the areas with children. “Sally Port” style entries at the single public access during the day with metal scanners and X-ray devices. Bullet Proof Classroom doors with deadbolts. Personal panic buttons for staff which can trigger a locking of all classroom & hall doors. Perhaps ALL school systems need to adopt the practices of colleges and have a campus police force.

    It’s one thing to be issued a gun, be taught to use it and how to defend the children, it’s another thing to have the will and conviction to kill another human being…not something we look for in those who teach are kids. The compassion that makes a person a great teacher as a rule will preclude them from being a stone cold killer.

    Being able to properly function under a high degree of stress and a full adrenaline load is also something that cannot be taught. Cops next to military personnel receive about the most weapons handling training of any group I can think of. REGULARLY you hear of a cop emptying an ENTIRE clip from his service sidearm (now-a -days that is more than 12 rounds) at someone attempting to do him lethal harm RARELY does he manage to hit his target more than once or twice.While arguable those one or 2 rounds do what they are supposed to and prevent his attacker from doing any further harm there are still a LOT of unaccounted for rounds that did not hit the attacker capable of doing grievous ‘collateral damage’.

    Take the same situation add a teacher scared for their life as well as the life of their students with a major adrenaline rush causing them to shake, add in 30 scared kids milling about in a small enclosed area with a lunatic bent on hurting people, add a gun that by itself is incapable of distinguishing good child from bad lunatic which will take time to deploy because it will have to be secured in a lock box & likely unloaded and you have a serious recipe for (unintentional) serious unpleasantness.

    At BEST if that teacher DOES manage to do EVERYTHING EXACTLY RIGHT, you now have an emotionally scarred Teacher who will likely require serious counseling and likely never teach again either because of the emotional trauma some whack job forced her to self inflict in the name of saving their students or because that teacher has proven themselves willing and capable of killing a human being under the right circumstances and THAT will not sit well for long with the fickle parents of the students.

    At the worst, the teacher misses and kills a student or the whacko kills the teacher and now has ANOTHER weapon with which to do damage- thoughtfully provided by the local school system. Ambulance chasing lawyers are salivating a river over the thoughts of those possible lawsuits I assure you!

    Finally I feel compelled to point out that as the articles I quoted and posted said several times these sick bastards are warped deluded and evil NOT stupid. They attacked gun free zones after all. IF they are going to attack a school after you arm the teachers then you have to realize that bad arming them you are also hanging a target around their necks and signing their death warrant. EVERY adult that warped whacko sees will automatically be immediately killed to negate the possibility that they might have access to a weapon to use against him.

    While the sentiment is understandable and I can commiserate with those who feel this way, arming teachers or administrators is AT BEST an extremely DANGEROUS short term solution. IT should ONLY to be used as a stop gap measure, until better perimeter security can be devised to keep those intent on doing our children harm from gaining access to the buildings to start with or in the event they do gain access contained in such a manner than prevents them from hurting anyone but themselves which they should be encouraged to do and save us the expense and bother of a trial.

  2. John Daniels says:

    Right ON, L.L.! One legally armed person could have stopped this ,or, drastically reduced the horrific outcome. Since this occured in Liberal Land I assume {I know} only criminals are allowed to carry weapons. You pass a stupid law, you have to live with the consequences.

    • impishdragon says:

      As to your Parting Shot, Excellent article, excellent advise and excellent example of truth in reporting. (Unlike Mother Jones, it seems) I agree with Mr. Daniels, in the Connecticut example in particular, one, ONE legally armed teacher, administrator, assistant could have prevented the majority of the killing. Think about it, the principal was killed, while she was on the P.A. Most everybody MUST have known what was going on. One well heeled employee could’ve stopped it right there. Still a tragedy, but not near the one it was. Does anyone really believe that it would be difficult to find a volunteer or two in each school to take up this cause? Really?
      None of us may like the idea of having guns in schools…but I think that cat is already out of the bag. At least this way, the guns would be on our side.

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