Texas Professor Under Fire For Anti-Gun Assignment, Obama Budget D.O.A., Equal Pay Day In D.C., Muppets Can’t Take Manhattan, Student On Lone Star Stabber: ‘We Wish We Could Protect Ourselves With Guns’: Wednesday Morning News Roundup 4-10-2013


Here is a collection of some of the stories that Personal Liberty staffers will be keeping an eye on throughout the day. Click the links for the full stories.

  • An art professor at Midwestern State University, located in Wichita Falls, Texas, is in hot water with the school administration after evidently asking students to make anti-gun posters for a personal project in which she was involved. The State doesn’t allow university professors to use their positions in any way that would ask students to support the instructors’ personal agendas or beliefs.
  • The President doesn’t (yet) get to enforce the annual budget recommendation he submits to Congress. But it’s customary for the executive branch to offer its version of how the Nation should overspend its money early each year. Now that it’s arrived, President Barack Obama’s budget (which was expected in February) at least has built up a strong bipartisan consensus: No one likes it.
  • Obama also recognized April 9 as national “Equal Pay Day” to push for parity between men and women in the workplace, but a look at the salaries of top-level staffers in the White House reveals the Obama Administration itself would be a good place to start.
  • Imagine living in a city where the worst thing local government has to worry about is people who dress up like Elmo, Mickey and Mario and walk around in public spaces frequented by tourists for their reputation for offering free and quirky street-level entertainment. Welcome to New York.
  • Immediately after Tuesday’s mass stabbing on the campus of Lone Star College in Houston, Texas, one student who had just witnessed the violence told a live TV interviewer on the scene that concealed carry on campus makes sense: “God protected us in the classroom. We wish we could protect ourselves with guns… We would love to have God and the law on our side.” Texas has comparatively open laws on gun ownership, but doesn’t allow concealed carry on college campuses.

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Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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