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School Disciplinary Actions Over Faux Guns Do More Harm Than Good

Feb 5, 2013 7:07 PM PT

When I was a kid, pretending to be a superhero and playing pretend games of good versus evil was an important part of learning the difference between the two.  In doing so, there were no real weapons, there were no real people, there was only your imagination.

A seven year old this week was suspended from school for doing just that.  Using his imagination.

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CNN's Burnett: How could you not define that as a person?

Feb 5, 2013 6:06 PM PT

Along with many other defenders of the unborn I've long thought that technology was our greatest ally in convincing the public that abortion is the taking of life.  We keep hearing stories about increasingly premature babies surviving after emergency birth and 3-D sonograms.  This forces pro-abortion activists to confront their central belief that a baby is just a bunch of cells.

Live Action News highlighted this interview from CNN:

An eight-minute segment on Monday night reached a turning point when CNN host Erin Burnett exclaimed: “That baby was 8 pounds, 2 ounces. He was going to be born in a couple of days. How could you not define that as a person? That is a viable life.”

Burnett covered the story of Heather Surovik, who was days away from giving birth to her son, Brady. She was returning from her final prenatal checkup when a drunk driver on his fifth DUI smashed into her car. Although Heather and her other family members survived, Brady did not. Since Colorado law does not recognize pre-born children as persons, state prosecutors could charge the drunk driver only with destroying Heather’s vehicle, not with Brady’s death.

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After interviewing Heather and her mom, Erin Burnett was convinced that Brady should have been considered a person under Colorado law. So why has Colorado’s Democratic-controlled legislature shot down previous fetal homicide bills that would have protected him? Because admitting that killing Brady was a criminal offense puts the dishonest abortion narrative in jeopardy.

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With Apologies to Your Mind's Eye

Feb 5, 2013 1:10 PM PT

In response to A Heavy Subject Matter:

I think the left's response to the charge of hypocrisy over smoker shaming would be that second-hand smoke harms the health of other people besides the smoker. I know there's some conservative pushback to the claim, but I've never conducted a survey of the necessary medical literature to come down on one side or the other.

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Celebrities, Politicians and The "Me!" Generation

Feb 5, 2013 11:11 AM PT

The Los Angeles Times recently did a story on how fans no longer seek celebrities' autographs and instead want photos with the celebrity.

"A photo is proof that I was near the people that, before this, only existed on my TV screen or in the movies," said Miller, who earlier had managed to snag a shot with "Breaking Bad" actor Bryan Cranston. "A photo can show a smile or an outfit to your friends; a signature can't."

The time-honored scrawl that once was the gold standard artifact of a brush with greatness has lost some of its glow in the age of social media. Taking a photo of oneself for Web posting has become so popular that it has added a new word to the lexicon — "selfie."

And a selfie with an A-lister is among the most prized postings of all.

A photo with a famous person, said Elizabeth Currid-Halkett, an associate professor at USC and author of "Starstruck: The Business of Celebrity, "supports the larger belief that we are just like them because we are standing right next to them." [emphasis added]

Indeed, celebrities, whether at a restaurant or on the red carpet, report they are spending far more time posing awkwardly close with fans than scratching off their names. The shift has left some longing for simpler days.

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'Hugging Moore'

Feb 5, 2013 8:18 AM PT

I'd like to help spread the word about a worthy project the guys from FTR radio are working on that will pay tribute to the late great Andrew Breitbart as the one year anniversary of his death approaches. Thomas La Duke came up with an idea to film a documentary - not about Breitbart, but inspired by him.

Yes. Everyone should be “Hugging Moore”. Michael Moore. The filmmaker guy from Flint that makes movies that are full of the stuff that makes plants grow. That guy.

In Jan of 2012 new media guru Andrew Breitbart toured Moore’s theater in Traverse City, MI and proclaimed that Moore was a one of his favorite capitalists. FTR Media and Get Over Yourself Productions dig into why Moore has so bad mouthed the very system that ha made him one of the wealthiest people in the country. The journey into this story will surprise you and make you realize that Michael Moore might be Americas greatest capitalist. Maybe.

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