Obama’s PR crew, at it again. School monitor. Langworth strikes back. Plus more.
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Unless or until the results of that disastrous Council known as Vatican II are replaced with those enforced tenets and doctrines that made the Catholic Church…the Catholic Church… Father Jenkins and his colleagues will continue to insist that inviting pro-abortion officials or advocates is a proper and necessary function of his university, in the “Spirit of Vatican II,” whatever that is. This, despite his own knowledge that, in so doing, the invited guest’s beliefs radically contradict — Speaker Pelosi to the contrary — every core belief about the sanctity of life that the Catholic Church has held since nearly its inception. To Rev. Jenkins and his like-minded “progressive” colleagues, the Catholic Church began in 1965. To test that theory, the following may interest you:
In the week leading up to Easter, I queried a number of Novus
Ordo (post 1965) Catholic parishioners if they or their church
would hold a service for Tenebrae. All of the responses were the
same: What’s that? But one weekly parishioner went a step
further: not only did he not know what a “Tenebrae service” was,
but he doubted that his local parish priest did either.
— Vincent Chiarello
REPUTATION IS EVERYTHING
Re: Frank Schell’s Let’s Not Forget the Accountants:
Perhaps, as (if I understood him correctly) the Wall Street Journal’s Holman W. Jenkins, Jr. wrote, we ought to deregulate the accounting industry and do away with the FASB altogether.
If that were done the market would price a company’s stock commensurate with the reputation of it’s accounting firm. Accounting firms would then develop reputations in the same manner that law firms currently do.
Mr. Jenkins made that point in the wake of the collapse of one or
the other of the Enron or WorldCom house of cards. His point was
that accounting standards do not provide protection against fraud
or other monkey business. If, on the other hand, accounting
firms’ source of revenue was dependent upon the reputation of
their companies, various auditors’ seals of approval would mean
something and the market would price the company’s stock
— Richmond Trotter
IN A MOMENT’S TIME
Re: Reid Collins’s Columbine Plus:
Research has determined that from the Moment of Commitment (the point when a student pulls their weapon) to the Moment of Completion (when the last round is fired) is only 5 seconds. If it is the intent of a school district to react to this violence, they will do so over the wounded and/or slain bodies of students, teachers and administrators.
Educational institutions clearly want safe and secure schools. Administrators are perennially queried by parents about the safety of their schools. The commonplace answers, intended to reassure anxious parents, focus on the school resource officers and emergency procedures. While useful, these less than adequate efforts do not begin to provide a definitive answer to preventing school violence, nor do they make a school safe and secure.
Traditionally school districts have relied upon the mental health community or local police to keep schools safe, yet one of the key shortcomings has been the lack of a system that involves teachers, administrators, parents and students in the identification and communication process. Recently, colleges, universities and community colleges are forming Behavioral Intervention Teams with representatives from all these constituencies. Higher Education has changed their safety/security policies, procedures, or surveillance systems, yet K-12 have yet to incorporate Behavioral Intervention Teams. K-12 schools continue spending excessive amounts of money to put in place many of the physical security options. Sadly, they are reactionary only and do little to prevent aggression because they are designed exclusively to react to existing conflict, threat and violence. These schools reflect a national blindspot, which prefers hardening targets through enhanced security versus preventing violence with efforts directed at aggressors. Security gets all the focus and money, but this only makes us feel safe, rather than to actually make us safer.
Some law enforcement agencies use profiling as a means to identify an aggressor. According to the U.S. Secret Service and the U.S. Department of Education’s report on Targeted Violence in Schools, there is a significant difference between “profiling” and identifying and measuring emerging aggression; “The use of profiles is not effective either for identifying students who may pose a risk for targeted violence at school or — once a student has been identified — for assessing the risk that a particular student may pose for school-based targeted violence.” It continues; “An inquiry should focus instead on a student’s behaviors and communications to determine if the student appears to be planning or preparing for an attack.” We can and must assess objective, culturally neutral, identifiable criteria of emerging aggression.
For a comprehensive look at the problem and its solution, go
— John D. Byrnes
President, Center for Aggression Management
Re: Jeffrey Lord’s Three Presidents and a Hijacking at Sea:
There is a slight ideological bias to the article and even more
in some of the letters. Remember the problems with the
Iran-Contra affair, which also involved hostages, though they
weren’t pirates in the seafaring sense? Also, Carter’s policy of
denying any concessions to the Iranian hotheads who took over the
US embassy ultimately worked, though it took longer than most
Americans had patience. Also, Reagan didn’t win the Cold War
alone. Every president going back to Truman supported the policy
of containment and kept a variety of pressures on the Soviet
— David C. Nice
GETTIN’ TO CHURCH
Re: Mark Tooley’s The Last Methodist President: