Browsing All posts tagged under »FSM (Tom McLaughlin)«

Train Teachers To Shoot Intruders

March 17, 2018 by

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By Tom McLaughlin ~ Five years ago I wrote a column titled: “Time to Arm Teachers.” That wasn’t a popular notion in 2013 but perhaps its time has come after the Florida shootings last week. The idea was pitched to me by men uniquely qualified to train those teachers willing to carry concealed weapons and […]

Watergate Was Nothing Compared To This

December 14, 2017 by

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By Tom McLaughlin ~ First thing every morning I skipped down two flights of stairs to get the Boston Globe because I couldn’t wait to read the latest developments in the Watergate scandal then bringing down the Nixon Administration. Familiar as I still am with those details, they pale by comparison to abuses of power […]

The Party Controls The Past

August 19, 2017 by

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By Tom McLaughlin ~ “He who controls the past controls the future… He who controls the present controls the past,” wrote Orwell. Here in 2017, the left is firmly in control of both academia and media and is using both to control the past. That’s what played out last weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia. The Charlottesville […]

Lacking Common Sense

June 23, 2017 by

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By Tom McLaughlin ~ The young woman looked nervous as she knocked on the window of my classroom door. “Excuse me, class,” I said as I stepped out to speak. She was a former student and substituting in the next classroom. “A boy is throwing things at other students. He won’t stop, and he refuses […]

Gospels Not Gospel Anymore?

May 5, 2017 by

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By Tom McLaughlin ~ It was worse than I thought. The Roman Catholic Church was being undermined by Marxists further back than I ever imagined. I knew there were Jesuits and other priests holding official positions in the Marxist Sandinista government of Nicaragua during the 1970s, but I thought they were anomalous. Now I’m learning […]

Calloused Americans

April 21, 2017 by

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By Tom McLaughlin ~ After a few hours of writing on my laptop, I need to get up, change my clothes, and do another kind of work that involves more than my brain and my fingers on a keyboard. I have to use tools invented and manufactured in previous centuries – tools like saws, hammers, […]

Just Trying To Keep Up

March 31, 2017 by

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By Tom McLaughlin ~ In regard to my understanding of the world – what is going on and why – the best I can do is maintain a “working hypothesis.” The “what” is easier. The “why” to explain the “what” is more daunting because as new information emerges, I have to modify. My biggest challenge […]

Cognitive Dissonance In Europe

March 23, 2017 by

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By Tom McLaughlin ~ It had to be galling. Geert Wilders, a member of Dutch Parliament, was found guilty three months ago of “inciting discrimination against Dutch Moroccans” – the very people who have been trying to kill him since at least 2003. Newsweek reported that he has to go around, “wearing a bulletproof vest […]

Ivy League 2017

March 9, 2017 by

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By Tom McLaughlin ~ James Fisher said he couldn’t attend classes at the University of Pennsylvania because one his white professors refused to denounce his white privilege. Fisher is black, and he wrote an article about his mental anguish published in his university’s newspaper The Daily Pennsylvanian. “I stopped going to his class for a […]

Supporters Unfazed By Big League Ego

February 23, 2017 by

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By Tom McLaughlin ~ Trump has a huge ego. But let’s think back and try to come up with a name of someone who has ever run for president during our lifetimes who didn’t. I can’t think of any. Is Trump’s the biggest of them all? Perhaps. Most have been artful at camouflaging theirs, and the […]

Kryptonite For Teachers’ Unions

February 9, 2017 by

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By Tom McLaughlin ~ The most contentious confirmation of Trump’s cabinet nominees was for the relatively innocuous Secretary of Education. Why? National Review columnist Kevin Williamson suggests it’s because the Democrat Party power is the lowest since the Civil War; because teachers’ unions are its biggest source of funds; and because nominee Betsy DeVos supports […]

The Chasm Widens

January 26, 2017 by

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By Tom McLaughlin ~ Not many people in the Portland, Maine area see the world as I do. It’s been five years since my wife and I bought a second home across the bridge in South Portland and I’ve kept a low profile. I do meet, however, with a group of writers every couple of […]

A Lot To Learn

January 24, 2017 by

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By Tom McLaughlin ~ The lead story in Maine’s Portland Press Herald on Saturday told us that so many women are making knit hats for the Women’s March on Washington, the entire region was running out of pink yarn. The local chapter of the nationwide Pussyhat Project says it’s a dig at Donald Trump’s infamous […]

Not A Party Pooper

January 12, 2017 by

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By Tom McLaughlin ~ “I like birthdays,” said my granddaughter last year. “You get presents. You turn another number.” She had just turned five. “Next year, I’ll be six,” she added matter-of-factly and that day comes Saturday. She’s a New-Year’s-Eve baby who arrived just in time to give her parents a tax deduction for 2010. […]

Oh Little Town Of Bethlehem

December 25, 2016 by

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By Tom McLaughlin ~ “Too much history, not enough geography.” That was how a veteran of the 1948 Israeli War for Independence described Israel. His name was Dan and he came to our house for dinner about ten years ago in the company of some old friends from San Francisco. My wife and I later […]

Slurs Not Working Anymore

November 23, 2016 by

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By Tom McLaughlin ~ Racist, xenophobic, homophobic, Islamophobic, misogynist – all these epithets now aimed at Donald Trump and his supporters used to be directed my way. Why? Because I was a teacher who taught students to think critically. I was “poisoning young minds,” said leftists who believed they knew better how issues should be […]

Leftists Lose It

November 18, 2016 by

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By Tom McLaughlin ~ Driving through Portland, Maine with my wife the day after the big election, I expected to see black crepe hanging from windows. I didn’t, but there were women holding signs offering hugs to distraught liberals downtown. Hundreds gathered there to chant “Not my president!” and “Keep hate out of Maine!” They were […]

Sympathy For Refugees Wearing Thin In Maine

September 21, 2016 by

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By Tom McLaughlin ~ Catholic Charities Maine (CCM) came to St. Joseph’s Parish in Bridgton, Maine last Friday night to talk about refugees and it was spirited. Chief Operating Officer Dean LaChance opened the meeting, but I don’t think he expected the skepticism voiced by many of the more than fifty people present. Quite a […]

Big Brother Barack Moving Forward

May 21, 2016 by

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By Tom McLaughlin ~ It started when progressive Newspeak replaced “sex” with “gender.” Male and female isn’t biology, but sociology. Gender is fluid. Homosexuals are born that way; they cannot choose it, progressives insist. Males and females, however, are not born that way; they can choose it. Only hateful bigots would disagree. Schools must agree […]

President Of The World

March 31, 2016 by

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By Tom McLaughlin ~ We Catholics are not supposed to say “Hallelujah!” during Lent, but having just heard some wonderful news I’ll instead exclaim – Hurray for President Obama! According to the web site Real Science, Atlantic seaboard ocean levels have not only stopped rising, they’ve actually fallen! You dear readers out there who pay […]

Brussels Has Nothing To Do With Islam

March 23, 2016 by

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By Tom McLaughlin ~ Let’s hope this latest terrorist attack doesn’t distract Belgians and the rest of us from what the real problem is: climate change. President Obama and Secretary Kerry are thoroughly convinced of this as they reminded the whole world right after the Paris attacks a few months ago. President Obama should not […]

What The Hell Are We Doing?

December 19, 2015 by

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By Tom McLaughlin ~ If America would ask its young men – and now women – to fight a war, the rest of us must be willing to go all-out to win it. If we’re not, it’s immoral to send them. Soldiers and citizens must understand what’s at stake and have confidence in our commander-in-chief […]

Evil In Camouflage

August 21, 2015 by

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By Tom McLaughlin ~ “It’s a lump of cells,” insisted my left-wing opponent, referring to what is removed from a mother in an abortion. I started off the show with the appalling news that Planned Parenthood was selling parts of aborted babies as documented by a series of videos released by the Center for Medical Progress […]

Pro-Choice Teacher

April 11, 2015 by

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By Tom McLaughlin ~ Education has gotten much too complicated. It was my life’s profession and I loved to teach, but I began to resent modern education after about twenty years. I stayed in for another sixteen while my frustration increasingly supplanted my enjoyment until I finally retired four years ago. Lately however, I’m learning […]