Pat Piper has made a career learning something new. As a journalist in the news business, “something new” occurs every hour so he’s becoming an expert at understanding stuff he never thought about. Learning became a common word in “Future Talk: Conversations About Tomorrow” (Warner Books), the popular book he ghostwrote with Larry King as […]

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    Archive for February, 2018

    Stunned On Guns

    By on February 23, 2018 in See It Here

    I was teaching a class about television debates the other day and used a five-year old Fox News segment  that aired a few months after the Sandy Hook massacre in December, 2012. It was scary to hear the arguments for-and-against changing gun laws because it was all the same we are hearing right now in the wake of the 17 killed in Parkland, Florida.

    Some observations:

    *Arming teachers is a stupid idea and unfortunately, stupid ideas are being discussed in all seriousness. I don’t want to sound old-fashioned, but teachers exist so children can read, reason and reflect (the three “R’s). President Trump gets the top prize from TDOPFGS (The Department of Phony Feel Good Solutions) for suggesting a bonus if a teacher agrees to conceal carry in a classroom. This isn’t a video game or a reality TV show, Mr. President.

    *The student who says CNN told him what to say–something Drudge and Fox News are having a field day with–is correct. I’ve done this. Any outlet airing a live event, town hall or a talk/game show will fine-tune a question to be asked so as to move the show along or ensure the same statement won’t be repeated. There is nothing to see here. It is Fake News.

    *The students have the country’s attention. Hopefully, the National Rifle Association will learn there are other amendments besides The Second in the Bill of Rights and all can co-exist. I think something will change because the students have more experience with guns than the NRA.

    A Parade Charade

    By on February 8, 2018 in See It Here

    Our president wants a military parade along Pennsylvania Avenue so he can sit in the reviewing stands and do the now-routine thumbs up as soldiers march by. Now, some suggest this would be an excellent way to recruit new members of our military (it might be), while others see this as nothing more but another ego-driven “look at me” without Twitter (it is).

    There is talk of holding this event on November 11, the 100th anniversary of the end of World War 1.

    Let me understand this: We will celebrate the end of “the war to end all wars” with a military parade to say to the world– look how ready we are to go to war?

    Someone should give the president a set of toy soldiers and tanks and ships and aircraft and let him put it on the Oval Office window closest to Pennsylvania Avenue…and of course with a mirror nearby so he can see himself with this massive arsenal.