$50.00 5 classes W 1/11/2012 - 2/8/2012 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM CTC 337
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
$50.00 5 classes W 1/11/2012 - 2/8/2012 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM CTC 337
Friday, October 28, 2011
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Monday, April 25, 2011
Our speaker today was Commander Michael McCabe.
Commander McCabe has experience working in both the jail system and within the patrol division. He is the Clark County Sheriff’s Office community outreach sergeant for S.A.L.T., a cooperative effort of the Clark County Sheriff's Office, Camas Police Department and Senior Citizens of East Clark County. Seniors and Law Enforcement Together (S.A.L.T.) program in Clark County, strives to improve senior crime prevention and education. An Arizona native and a former employee of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office in Phoenix, Arizona, Sargeant McCabe moved his family to Vancouver and joined the Clark County Sheriff’s Office in 1994.
We viewed these clips, among others.
This piece by KATU highlights the open carry controversy in Vancouver:
Should guns be allowed in public parks? Clark County Commissioners make policy:
This piece by KATU discusses the recent tragedy involving the death of an officer's child in Battle Ground, with references to the 2003 fatal shooting by another officer's child of the child's sibling. It includes a statement by Sheriff Gary Lucas:
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
In today's news:
Houston police are trying to determine how a kindergartner got a loaded gun that he brought to an elementary.
I tried to find something on the NRA website in response to the shooting. A quick search of Houston school yielded this 2008 article about Texas Governor Perry and his view that - well let me just share the beginning quote:
Gov. Rick Perry said Monday that local school districts should be able to decide whether to allow concealed weapons on their campuses.
"I'm pretty much a fan that if you've been trained, if you are registered, then you ought to be able to carry a weapon," Perry said.
He's talking about adults, of course. Presumably he doesn't support kindergarteners bringing guns to school.
I couldn't readily find a statement by Perry to the recent shooting, though.
Read more here:
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Saturday, April 16, 2011
You can read the details by clicking here. Feel free to comment on her site, but I'd love to have your comments here as well.
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
I call this one the
Curious Case of the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Can you guess why?
Check out this link and try to figure out what's missing on this page.
Hint: The writer uses different nouns to name various causes of violent deaths and injury (e.g. motor vehicle crashes, drug overdoses) but there is no mention of a word that begins with g and ends with n.
A search of the term "gun" on that site yields a whole bunch of hits for nail guns, BB guns, tattoo guns.....but recent pieces about, you know....GUNS are a little tough to find. I wondered why that was so I've contacted them to learn more.
Will let you know what I find out.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Hillary Clinton's campaign attacked Barack Obama when she was running against him for the Democratic nomination. Here's a look at the piece they mailed out. Double click on the image to enlarge.
There were ads from the Republican National Committee against Obama regarding his stance on Second Amendment rights. You can view one by clicking here.
Obama talked about the issues during the campaign. Here's an excerpt from one of his speeches:
When he was elected, there was an upswing in gun sales because of fear that he would restrict gun sales. Click here for some stories about this.
Steve Chapman, a columnist and editorial writer for the Chicago Tribune, analyzes some of the recent politics of the Second Amendment in a piece from February 2010, Obama Spurns Gun Control: Why the anti-gun lobby is disappointed with Obama's first year
A guest writer at Floyd Reports claimed the President is waiting for an opportunity to take action against the Second Amendment in a piece published online at the end of last month, Obama's Gun Grab? It's a Matter of Time.
Now read Obama's own thoughts on the subject as President, in an opinion editorial he wrote published in the Arizona Daily Star in mid March: We Must Seek Agreement on Gun Reforms
Please comment on any of the pieces in this post.
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Lethal Logic by Dennis Henigan
Gun Show Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=baPgr_tw79Q&feature=channel
Dennis A. Henigan is the Vice President of the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence and Founder of its Legal Action Project. He is the author of Lethal Logic: Exploding the Myths that Paralyze American Gun Policy (Potomac Books 2009).
For twenty years, he has been a leading advocate for stronger gun laws, appearing dozens of times on national television and radio shows, including 60 Minutes, The Today Show, Nightline, Larry King Live and Dateline. He also has written and spoken extensively on liability and constitutional issues relating to gun laws and gun violence, including testifying before several Congressional Committees.
Under his direction, Brady Center lawyers have recovered millions of dollars in damages for gun violence victims, as well as winning precedent-setting decisions on the liability of gun sellers. In 2004, he was named one of the top ten “Lawyers of the Year” by Lawyers’ Weekly magazine. His work as a public interest lawyer has been profiled in The New Yorker.
Henigan received his B.A. from Oberlin College in 1973 and his law degree in 1977 from the University of Virginia School of Law. Prior to joining the Brady Center in 1989, he was a partner in the law firm of Foley & Lardner.
Saturday, April 9, 2011
LCAV's Work on Second Amendment Issues
As the nation's only organization devoted exclusively to providing legal assistance in support of gun violence prevention, LCAV is actively involved in supporting state and local governments' defense of Second Amendment litigation, educating courts, governments, and the public about the meaning of the Second Amendment, and developing common sense gun violence prevention legislation that complies with the Heller decision.
You can read more by clicking here.
Friday, April 8, 2011
Here is a link to a lengthy discussion by Satirist PJ O'Rourke about a variety of American politics issues. He's speaking to the National Press Club of Australia. You can go directly to the 3 minute piece about Gun Control by scrolling down the menu to part 12 and click on that to play it in the video window.
Do you agree or disagree with what he says? Take a minute and post your reactions in the comments section.
You might want to spend some time checking out some of the other videos at the site, FORA.tv - I found a number of intriguing pieces on there.
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Still, I thought it would be valuable to share some of these with you to give a sense of what people believe.
The Second Amendment Under Fire: The Uses of History and the Politics of Gun Control by Saul Cornell, Associate Professor, Department of History, The Ohio State University
Cornell explores A Well-Regulated Militia on C-SPAN
The Embarrassing Second Amendment by Sanford Levinson, University of Texas at Austin School of Law
After Tucson Shootings, NRA Again Shows Its Strength by NPR Staff - this includes an interview with Robert Spitzer, political science professor at SUNY Cortland, who has authored 13 books and hundreds of articles on American government and the Second Amendment.
Professor Cass Sunstein, University of Chicago Law School, explores the Second Amendment
One of my favorite places in Washington, DC is the Library of Congress. Since we can't easily travel there, let's take a peek at what they have online:
Primary Documents in American History
Here are just a couple of the items they have to share:
The James Madison Papers consists of approximately 12,000 items that document the life of the man who came to be known as the “Father of the Constitution.” Includes an essay on Madison's role in the Constitutional Convention. Also contains Madison's original notes on debates in the Federal Convention of 1787, Part 1 and Part 2, as well as John C. Payne's copy of Madison's original notes.
Search this collection to locate additional documents related to the Constitution.
Thomas Jefferson received a copy of the Constitution in November, 1787, while living in France. Beginning on the second page of a letter to James Madison dated December 20, 1787, Jefferson expressed his opinions on the new Constitution, including his belief that a Bill of Rights was needed. This collection also contains Alexander Hamilton's proposals from the Constitutional Convention and Jefferson's notes on the Constitution from 1788.
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Here are some of the clips we considered:
Fred Friendly's 1984 video series: Constitution, That Delicate Balance
School Prayer, Gun Control and the Right to Assemble Arthur Miller leads a roundtable discussion simulation - begin 34:10 - 41:38)
Second Amendment Timeline by Annenberg (open PDF)
Second Amendment in the News: Sharron Angle (end at 5:09)
Hannity on Violent Rhetoric
CSPAN Classroom - Lott on Gun Bans
Supreme Court oral argument in District of Columbia vs. Heller
Judge Laurence Silberman on his ruling in favor of right to keep and bear arms (influenced Heller case)
Stephen Breyer on the Framers and the Second Amendment (to 5:21)
ACLU on 2nd Amendment post-Heller
Commentator on DC vs. Heller (SC 2008 4:01)
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
One of you had raised a question about Gowan Pamphlet, the freed slave who became a Baptist minister in Virginia. You wondered if he himself had owned slaves, since he was a landowner. I contacted our speaker, Harvey Bakari, who said there is no evidence that Gowan owned any slaves. You can learn more about Gowan by clicking here.
There's a great article about visitors' reactions to the African American experience programs in Williamsburg in the Washington Post. You can read it by clicking here.
Sunday, March 20, 2011
I've already shared some information about James Hogan, who portrays a 1775 parson at the Minuteman National Park in Concord, Massachusetts.
Here's a look at the people involved in the African American program at Williamsburg. Harvey Bakari will definitely be joining us. He may be joined by some other interpreters as well.
Click here to go to the video:
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Whilst researching popular culture films dealing with the issue of slavery during the Revolutionary War, I considered showing a clip from the film The Patriot.
What I learned surprised me even though I know that Hollywood takes a great deal of dramatic license.
Check out this article for details:
Spike Lee Slams Patriot
The Patriot: More Flag-Waving Rot with Mel Gibson
What do you think about this? Comment below!
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Wondering what our first President thought and did about slavery?
Here's an interesting piece with some details:
Monday, March 14, 2011
where he's from:
These are the pieces we will examine in class today:
1776 - I played the DVD, but you can see excerpts at
youtube.com such as
Randy Newman's Sail Away
Orchestra New England performs a stirring rendition of Chester, the first American national anthem. William Billings first wrote this in 1770.
Field trip to the Library of Congress: (click on images to enlarge)
Religion and the Founding
Colonial Williamsburg African American Experience Program
Interactive Role playing Game:
Slave Work Songs: Electronic Field Trip
Reenactors consider our topic:
HBO’s John Adams – Slaves Building the White House 3:28
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
While many people think of ACLU when identifying organizations that deal with religious freedoms, there's an organization entirely devoted to the separation of church and state.
Here's a peek at some of the issues they work on. We'll hear from members of the organization on January 31.
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
The Library of Congress website has some great online exhibits on a wide variety of subjects.
Here's a link to the exhibit on Religion and the Founding of the American Republic. It provides a glimpse at the original documents written by Franklin, Madison and Washington, among others.
Click here for a look at it! http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/religion/rel06.html
Monday, January 17, 2011
Check this out and leave a comment.
Critics blast potential taxpayer funding Noah's Ark theme park
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Bruce Ledewitz, Professor of Law at Duquesne University School of Law, led a panel debating a proposal concerning the future of the separation of church and state in America. The proposal was entitled, A New Progressive Vision for Church and State: How I Learned to Accept "Under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance and Stop Losing Elections. The substance of the proposal was set forth as follows:
"The old liberal vision of a total separation of religion from politics has been discredited. Despite growing secularization, a secular progressive majority is still impossible, and a new two-part approach is needed--one that first admits that there is no political wall of separation. Voters must be allowed, without criticism, to propose policies based on religious belief. But, when government speaks and acts, messages must be universal. The burden is on religious believers, therefore, to explain public references like 'under God' in universal terms. For example, the word 'God' can refer to the ceaseless creativity of the universe and the objective validity of human rights. Promoting and accepting religious images as universal will help heal culture-war divisions and promote the formation of a broad-based progressive coalition."
There's a link to an article and a one hour and 22 minute video clip at
Netroots Nation Discusses the Concept of Separation of Church and State
Saturday, January 15, 2011
Poor Thomas Jefferson. Texas has decided he isn't worthy to be on a list of Enlightenment thinkers in their new syllabus. And they have some things to say about the separation of church and state, too.
Check out the report here:
Texas Schools To Get Controversial Syllabus
Here are a few commentaries about the story:
Here's a forum discussion of the situation:
Thomas Jefferson to be Removed from School Textbooks in Texas
What do you think? Comment!
Friday, January 14, 2011
Monday, January 10, 2011
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is one of the organizations that comes to mind immediately when one is talking about First Amendment issues.
Here's a link to their Washington state chapter webpage on Religious Issues:
Take a minute to browse it and share your thoughts in the comments here. Do you think the work of the organization serves a useful purpose? Why/why not?
Saturday, January 8, 2011
I've discovered a number of different organizations who are active in separation of church and state issues.
One such organization is FFRF, Freedom From Religion Foundation. I learned about them from this post at The Colorado Independent:
That led me to google "imagine no religion billboard." The search yielded over 69,500 hits. The group has purchased numerous billboard ads over the years throughout the country.
What is your reaction to the billboard?
Friday, January 7, 2011
Read the article here:
and then comment below if you'd like. Personally, I am sort of speechless.
Here's one blogger's comments on the situation: http://www.pamshouseblend.com/diary/18208/transphobia-as-an-apparent-government-function
Monday, January 3, 2011
What does separation of church and state mean to you?
Why did you take this course?
Let’s hear from some others, and discuss what they have to say:
Palin and Biden
Colorado US Sen. Candidate Ken Buck
Delaware's US Sen. Candidate Christine O’Donnell (showed up to 1:12 of 2:37 clip)
Rush Limbaugh defends O’Donnell 1:44
Bill Maher on O’Donnell and church/state (showed up to 2:20)
Chuck Norris on getting Bible taught in public schools
Separation of Church and Politics:
West Wing – Alan Alda and Martin Sheen – campaigning & churchgoing
Huckabee on Amending Constitution to God's Standards
– art imitates life –
Using Religious Grounds and/or Bible references to justify Positions on Issues/Policies:
West Wing Martin Sheen
O'Reilly on Washington state Christmas displays
Colbert Displaying Ten Commandments 5:37
Viewer Comment: Haha, anyone notice the point at the very end? Colbert goes, "Thank you for taking time away from keeping the Sabbath holy to talk to me." Priceless!