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Re: “A river runs through a morning open line

What is the deal? Getting a subscribe alert that keeps me from viewing the blog pages. I'm already a subscriber. Annoying, for sure.

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Posted by BabyBear on 01/05/2019 at 8:59 AM

Re: “Defense Secretary James Mattis resigns

I'm concerned when sycophants with no experience or expertise are appointed to cabinet positions like EPA and Dept. of Interior. But I get real concerned when Mattis resigns, leaving NO adults in the room with our cry-baby, Toddler-in-Chief. There needs to be a responsible, experienced ADULT at the helm of the DOD. I'm probably more seriously worried about the country's safety and security now than I have been at any point since the orange idiot was elected.

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Posted by BabyBear on 12/20/2018 at 7:48 PM

Re: “There'll always be an England

I sent a copy of the photo above to a friend with the caption,

"Act of vandalism in Britain: someone just dropped a huge turd in the chair that Winston Churchill sat in for reading and quiet contemplation."

"Scotland Yard is investigating..."

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Posted by BabyBear on 07/14/2018 at 4:41 PM

Re: “Don't eat romaine lettuce open line

RC, it's good to see you return to posting on the blog.

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Posted by BabyBear on 04/21/2018 at 10:37 PM

Re: “Easter Fools Day open line

Now I'm on a roll... "77 Sunset Strip", "Dobie Gillis" with Little Rock resident Duane Hickman playing Dobie and a very young Bob Denver (later Gilligan) playing beatnik Maynard G. Krebs!

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Posted by BabyBear on 04/02/2018 at 10:05 AM

Re: “Easter Fools Day open line

And don't forget "Seahunt", with Lloyd Bridges as a scuba-diving hero.

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Posted by BabyBear on 04/02/2018 at 10:01 AM

Re: “Arming teachers: Part II

In years past, I was a state trained and certified police officer in Arkansas. I can tell you that even for full-time LEO's the chances of an active shooter situation are quite low. Yet most LEO's train for those situations even though until he/she has actually been in that scenario there is no predicting how effectively or safely any individual officer will react. I never had that experience, but I was quite aware of the possibility almost every minute I was on duty.

For civilians the expectation that they should have the same continual awareness while at work is unreasonable and in my opinion that expectation would significantly distract from their primary job responsibilities. And that assumes that those civilians would actually be capable of getting the amount of training needed to equip them to respond safely in such critical response circumstances.

While I was a LEO, I believe I would have responded with as much expertise as my training and ability would have allowed in such a scenario. But I have serious doubts about how effectively or safely that might have proven to be both for my own well-being and the safety of others threatened, especially in a panicked, crowded situation in a confined space like a school.

The most threatening scenario I trained for at the Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy was one in which my handgun was grabbed or taken by a suspect in a struggle. I never thought about that possibility until we began to train for it and that is a horrifying and incredibly helpless and paralyzing threat. I am more concerned about an armed teacher having a firearm taken by a student and that would be a much more likely possibility than ever encountering an active shooter at their school location. If a teacher had a firearm taken by an enraged student, there suddenly WOULD be an active shooter where there was none before.

Arming teachers and school personnel is NOT a good suggestion. More guns to protect us from gun violence is NEVER a good idea. Show me statistically where that has ever been true and I might be willing to adjust my opinion. In that case we'd just have to consider the cost/benefit ratio to adding more guns and armed individuals versus making it much more difficult for unstable and violent people accessing firearms--especially handguns and high capacity, high velocity rifles.

Because protecting students and schools isn't the only reason to prevent unstable and violent people from being armed.

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Posted by BabyBear on 02/22/2018 at 10:32 PM

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