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David Beem

Entries by David Beem

Back to School: Lock and Load

(327) Comments | Posted August 16, 2013 | 11:49 AM

Pencils. Paper. Books. Guns.

Arming teachers is a wild risk for everyone, including gun rights' advocates, who will have much to answer for when one of these programs goes wrong.

Consider: According to a 2004 joint report issued by the Secret Service and Department of Education, the risk of your...

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The Siren Song of Unreason

(6) Comments | Posted May 24, 2013 | 5:42 PM

"The siren song of unreason is not just a cultural wrong but a dangerous plunge into darkness that threatens our most basic freedoms."

--Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World.

"No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear."

--Edmund Burke, On the Sublime...

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The Dignity of the Second Amendment

(22) Comments | Posted April 8, 2013 | 3:35 PM

My last gun control blog stirred up quite a kerfuffle on my Facebook wall and in the comments section on The Huffington Post. It came to a head when I chose to share my opinion that gun owners "share a portion of responsibility for all gun crime." I said, "You...

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Second Amendment Myths

(72) Comments | Posted April 4, 2013 | 2:39 PM

There are many dark myths hiding within the Second Amendment that desperately need airing out. For starters, a high-capacity magazine and semi-automatic weapon are inadequate to win a war against the American military. You'll need roughly two Russian armies and a European Union to do that.

The average single mom...

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Congress for Minimum Wage

(5) Comments | Posted November 12, 2012 | 12:40 PM

The election is done, but our problems remain. None are bigger than the spiraling debt and deficit. Finally, our backs against the wall, we get real. Simpson-Bowles again rears its ugly head. According to Rep. Jan Schakowsky, the report isn't what it's cracked up to be. It seeks...

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Spokane Symphony: Stranded

(12) Comments | Posted October 30, 2012 | 6:36 PM

Meet the 21st Century American Orchestra: Sweeping labor cuts, lockouts, strikes, and a management culture with declining human values. Unfortunately, musicians in Spokane, Washington have found themselves next in line.

In 2006 the Spokane Symphony, in a move designed to boost its artistic quality, imported fresh talent to its ranks...

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Zombieland: American Orchestras Face Scary Future

(70) Comments | Posted October 22, 2012 | 2:58 PM

It's the voodoo. That horrible, Kuru-inducing zombie voodoo.

These are heady times for the League of American Orchestras (LAO) and their ilk. True, their suits have grown a tad more maggot-ridden since their early ASOL days. But churning out full-throated, industry-consuming zombie administrators has proven decidedly lucrative. Plus, it...

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Fox News and the Journalism Trust Deficit: Is Mainstream Media a Threat to Our Democracy?

(31) Comments | Posted October 2, 2012 | 4:38 PM

Mistrust of the media hit a new high this year, according to a recent Gallup poll. I blame Rupert Murdoch. Here's why you should too.

From Gallup:

Americans' distrust in the media hit a new high this year, with 60 percent saying they have little or no trust in...
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The Good Inside

(1) Comments | Posted September 6, 2012 | 5:21 PM


"I love seeing that light in somebody's eyes, that there is still good in the world and we can make a difference every day in what we do." -- Linda Windal, volunteer coordinator for Hospice of Wichita Falls.

In this case, those eyes belong...

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We Built That

(0) Comments | Posted September 4, 2012 | 2:58 PM

Imagine waking up Wednesday, Nov. 7, and learning that Mitt Romney will become the 45th President of the United States.

The spirit of the Grand Old Party ripples across the country like an American flag over amber waves of grain. Four long years of suffering Obama's "grand experiment" are over....

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Shopping for Your Hate: Election 2012

(5) Comments | Posted August 15, 2012 | 2:41 PM

Everyone loves to hate taxes, but no one loves to hate them more than a politician in the run up to a big election -- particularly in times of great economic pain. The summary of our nation's love affair with "tax hate" is summed up in a hefty dose of...

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History We'll Miss

(0) Comments | Posted June 21, 2012 | 5:33 PM

Hope. Change. These were the romantic ideals that decided the 2008 election. After eight troubled years of war and partisan rancor, and in the face of the worst economic crisis the country had seen since the 1930s, our national psyche longed for a transformative leader. Yet four painful years later,...

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Slash Your Local Orchestra

(115) Comments | Posted April 11, 2012 | 3:25 PM

10,000 hours.

That's the number going around these days when people spit-ball what it takes to master a skill: 10,000 hours of practice. I happen to think it's on the low side, but maybe that's because I wasn't as gifted as some. Yo-Yo Ma, for instance. But then, someone of...

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