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Supreme Court Inflicts Flesh Wound On NRA - Kids And Guns

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The Supreme Court took a shot at the NRA and gun rights activists yesterday, but it only winged them,  inflicting a flesh wound -- hardly the kill shot that many of us hoped for.

The case involved a Texas law that prohibited 18-20 year olds from carrying handguns in public. This age limit was being fought by the NRA and gun activists who felt that this rule infringed on teenagers second amendment rights.

In Texas as in most of the country, you can't buy beer, pornography, cigarettes or a lottery ticket if you're under 21. It's for protection and safety. Yet when it comes to guns, that's a whole different story. Using a gun is legal even for a four year old. Yes, that's not a typo. In some states there's absolutely no age limit on using a gun or rifle. Buying one? Guess what? Still no age limit according to our federal government. I repeat, no age limit set by the federal government to operate or buy a gun/rifle. You can actually buy a rifle before you're even strong enough to lift it.

Don't believe me? Watch this video and I'm pretty confident those around you will hear your jaw drop and hit the floor:

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Nine Year Old Gives Beatdown To ChiTown Mayor Emanuel, Saves His School

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For years preceding Obama's presidential first term, the man who was the power behind Barack Obama, the guy who wielded the big stick was Rahm Emanuel.  If there was a tough or dirty job that had to be done, you called on Rahm. He'd fall on his sword if need be to protect the once and future president. It was no surprise that when PBO was sworn in, his chief of staff, the man once again with the power, was the same Rahm Emanuel.

After a successful launch of the presidency (as successful as could be expected under the circumstances), Emanuel took his bat and ball and went home to stake out a larger personal power base -- the mayor's seat in his hometown Chicago. He wasn't a carpetbagger like Scott Brown moving from Massachusetts to New Hampshire. No, in this case, Rahm is a real Chicagoan.  And he had enough of Washington. He yearned to go back home to Chitown and toss his hat into the political arena there. As a native son, he knew the problems of the city and politics. He also knew where many of the bodies were buried -- even those that were still warm. He waltzed to a very large victory.

So it's no surprise that at the midway point of his first term, the Mayor would be feeling some heat. Even the best intentioned politician in the country's third largest city can't please all the people all the time. But who would have predicted his biggest, loudest and most outspoken opposition would come from a nine year old black boy from the ghetto? The issue that could bring down the mayor was going to be the closing of schools. Republicans take note. Here's a Democrat who wants to tamper with education and might very well lose his job. If the GOP insists on education cuts, this could happen to you.

The Grio:

With just hours until the fate of school closings is known in the third-largest district in the nation, students have joined their parents and teachers in protest and raised their voices in opposition to the mass shutter.

Heralded as the future mayor of Chicago in the year 2025, 9-year-old Asean Johnson, has spoken at school board meetings and hearings, and fired up a crowd of hundreds in a protest against school closings Monday that concluded three days of marches on the city’s South and West sides.

“I wanted to be there to support my school and for the other schools that are closing, because really, I think that no school should be closing,” he told the Grio.

If this kid, Asean Johnson is any indication of both the potential of students in this school district and the need to keep the Chicago schools open, it's never been more evident. Emanuel not only has a financial problem on his hands, he has a budding opposition candidate (Asean Johnson) for his political office when he becomes of legal age.

The largest criteria for closing the targeted schools is test performance. And Asean's school rates lower than the average. Yet look at the product of that test result driven policy. Because this boy's school doesn't make the test driven grade, students like him are going to be forced from their neighborhood and crowded into already burgeoning schools, risking safety and their home life.

Not surprisingly, after this public speech, his school has been spared. But there's still a major problem everywhere else that uses test scores as the main basis for keeping schools open. Maybe it's time to look at the way kids are taught and provide the proper funding to raise education levels. The answers are not is closing schools or raising test scores. It's in finding out how to motivate, cultivate and produce more Asean Johnson's in all of our neighborhoods.

Asean Johnson certainly put it succinctly to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel:

“We are not toys. We are not going down without a fight.”

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Video Overnight Thread- Kids React To Same Sex Marriage

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Just lovely and truthful. Via.

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As A Parent, Don't Ever Think You're Not Loved

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I'm a parent of two -- a father of a boy and a girl. So I'm blessed with two perspectives on life for every situation. Actually three if you figure in what my wife tells me is the right way to handle things. But that's another story.

There isn't a day that my kids, while growing up -- I guess they're always going up -- but until they leave for college or move out, there isn't something that you're called upon to offer some guidance. Oh, they may not ask you directly, or even want your input indirectly, but they do hear you. And you know what, they do appreciated it. They won't want to tell you to your face, more likely the opposite is true, but they really do love us.

Recently my wife was lamenting that with our kids both gone, out working and living their own productive lives, there's a void. And as a dutiful husband, I assured her that she's thought of all the time by myself and our kids. But just like most empty-nesters, I couldn't shake her fears of being left behind. And to what legacy?

Then I saw this video. Though it's intention was not specifically to deal with empty nest syndrome it really touches on what's important. It's what you're kids really do think of you. And no matter whether they're three or thirty-three, they're yours and the bi-product of your love.

So in that spirit, the reinforcement that we as parents of kids any age have meaning, purpose and really generally do right despite occasional over-protectiveness or laxity of oversight, I invite you to a few minutes of positive reinforcement. It may stir up some really wonderful memories or tease you with what's upcoming for you newer parents. Enjoy and feel good. It's time to accept being loved.

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Video Mid Day Distraction- Halloween Treats Gone Wrong

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It's a commercial, but it's hysterical. Via.

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Video Mid Day Distraction- Japanese Kindergartners Sing the Dayman Song from It's Always Sunny

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I have no idea what the song is (I actively avoid "It's Always Sunny") but the kids are damn cute. Via.

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Whose Fault Are Those Damned, Lazy Millennials, Anyway?

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I have two, twenty-something kids. They couldn't be more different, yet so amazingly the same. And I couldn't love them any more than I already do though it would be great if my son could find a job.

Oh, I said, different? I don't mean from one another, though one's a boy, the other a girl. I mean different from me. I'm a baby boomer. In case you needed to know what a baby boomer is, that's someone born between 1946 and 1964. (kind of the dyslexia years '46, '64). Dyslexia - a term made popular by-- that's right, the boomers.

Anyway, getting back to the differences between my world and that of my kids-- the millennial generation (children born 1980s to the early 2000s). Why is it they don't think like I do, react like I do, even care about the things I do? They're just so... different.

Now I know why, and I'm going to share it with you, in video form -- after all, isn't video and the Internet really the millennial generation at it's finest? Well, the iPhone 5S is pretty cool.

You should find this video enlightening if you're a boomer. And you'll find it tolerable if you're a millennial. And if you're Generation Z (born AFTER 2000) you probably don't care anyway -- so go play a video game, or better yet, watch Miley Cyrus Twerk it.

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