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Kermit Gosnell: Soul of a Nazi Commentary by Sanford D. Horn May 6, 2013
Kermit Gosnell, licensed murderer of the unborn, deserves
nothing less than to pay for his horrific crimes with his own life. Yet, that
one life will never replace the thousands he snuffed out before they had a
chance to experience their own lives on earth.
Kermit Gosnell has the soul of a Nazi – following the
orders of thousands of women legally authorized to slaughter their own
children, while simultaneously ordering those laboring for him to commit the
same heinous slaughter. Kermit Gosnell is a modern day Jack the Ripper wielding
scalpels and forceps ripping healthy children from the wombs of their mothers.
(These same potential mothers could opt for carrying the child to term and
giving him or her up for adoption. Abortion is not the only option.)
But Kermit Gosnell took his job, his bloody task, beyond the
legal, pole vaulting into the illegal, the torturous, and the genocidal. Isn’t
genocide the appropriate term for the willful slaughter of thousands of
innocents simply for the purpose of extermination? That’s Kermit Gosnell –
genocidal abortionist, on trial for the murder of children born of botched
And as testimony revealed, so incompetent in his task,
that Kermit Gosnell ordered those babies born to be killed in such gruesome ways,
finds him firmly ensconced in the hall of fame for evil incarnate. From flushing
live babies down the toilet, to slicing their spinal cords, to simply letting
them lie on a gurney flailing around like a trout out of water until breathless,
Kermit Gosnell demonstrated the medical ethics on par with Josef Mengele.
Kermit Gosnell is the face of evil that, sadly, the
national mainstream media failed to appropriately address and report.
Kermit Gosnell, abortionist, failed to fit the mainstream
media’s cookie cutter mold of clean, safe abortion – if there could actually be
such a thing. The mainstream media, majority pro-choice, want the Kermit
Gosnell case to simply go away – swept under the rug along with the thousands
of dead babies butchered, and in many cases, discovered in Kermit Gosnell’s
freezer – in an effort to return to their nice clean clinics.
One abortion gets little to no attention at any level of
the media – local or national, as one local murder fails to make national news –
it simply happens every day. But when a Columbine, Virginia Tech, or Sandy Hook
occurs, this becomes a national horror – as it should. Likewise, the Kermit
Gosnell case should be cause for a national outcry to stop the slaughter of
innocent children. Taken a step further, in 1861, on the heels of the
inauguration of Abraham Lincoln, slavery was legal in the United States. Legal,
but certainly immoral. In 2013, abortion may be legal, but most certainly is
If not the death penalty, as he inflicted upon thousands
of babies, Kermit Gosnell should be remanded to a locked cage for the remainder
of his days where the only sounds he hears are those of crying newborns, a la
Edgar Allan Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart.
Sanford D. Horn is a writer and educator living in Westfield, IN.
So the person of interest concerning the dual bombings at
the Boston Marathon is a Saudi national in the United States on a student visa.
Hmm. Where have we heard this story before?
Call me paranoid, but were not 15 of the 19
homicide-hijackers on September 11, 2001 that murdered nearly 3,000 innocent
people at the World Trade Center, Pentagon, and in a field in Shanksville, PA
also Saudis; most here with student visas?
When will we learn? Hoisted by our own petards, our
openness is becoming the death of America as we know it. The United States
prides herself on having a free and open society where we welcome legal
immigrants, students on temporary visas, and permanent residents on work visas.
Terrorists prefer to attack when it makes a statement.
What better statement than to draw blood in one of the birthplaces of democracy
– Boston, on Patriot’s Day - Boston Massacre 2.0.
However, before more American cities resemble Tel Aviv,
London, Madrid, and Mumbai, a genuine concerted effort must be undertaken to
reduce the chances of terror being meted out upon our nation and upon our American
people. Days of political correctness, turning a blind eye, and an
unwillingness to call a terrorist a terrorist must cease at once and not at the
traditional glacial speed of government.
While Congress continues arguing over how to make 12
million-plus illegal aliens legal, whether with or without citizenship, more
and more teem across our porous borders leading to greater economic and
national security detriment. Congress cannot dilly-dally any longer.
Democrats are guilty of seeking 12 million more voters
for their side, while Republicans are guilty of providing 12 million more low
wage workers to businesses that support the GOP financially and politically.
Democrats are afraid of alienating Hispanic voters, who, quite frankly, should
be offended that the Democrats support the legalization of people who broke the
law, while those Hispanic citizens followed the law, stood in line and achieved
their goal legally.
The more sieve-like the borders, the more likely enemies
of the United States will have increased opportunities to wreak havoc on its
citizens, economy, and way of life. If this is not unacceptable to all who
legally live in this country, they are traitors and should feel free to pack
their bags and live in Angola, China, Cuba, or North Korea.
In addition to sealing the borders, there should be an
immigration moratorium – permanent for some, temporary for others. Making that
decision should be easy. Any country voting against the United States in the
United Nations 50 percent or more should permanently be barred from having its
citizens enter the United States. For other countries, the moratorium could be
lifted after the borders are secured.
The same should be true regarding student visas and
foreign aid. The one area where I agreed with former presidential candidate and
retired Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) was his notion that all countries should
start at zero dollars and annually make their cases for foreign aid. Again, any
country voting against the US in the UN would automatically be disqualified.
Those same countries would be prohibited from sending their citizens to the US
on student visas.
Of the students qualified for entrance into the United
States via a student visa, they would be required to pay full price for their
tuition and expenses as well as file updates every semester with the Department
of Homeland Security. Failure to do so is causal for revocation of the student
visa and immediate deportation back to the student’s country of origin. When
the student visa expires, the student returns home to hopefully use his or her
education to improve his or her home country. This is win-win for all involved.
The cost for these plans can be absorbed by money saved
not cavalierly given to our enemies and a reduction in entitlement funding
given to Americans who neither deserve nor earned it.
While no plan is perfect, neither is political
correctness or turning a blind eye to the realities that the United States had
better get used to becoming a bloody battlefield rife with terrorist attacks.
Americans simply don’t have the stomach for it.
Americans don’t have the stomach to see the likes of Martin
Richard, an eight-year-old little boy killed while cheering on his father run
in the Boston Marathon. Government has the obligation to protect and defend its
borders and citizenry and little else. It needs to remember why it exists
before it no longer matters.
Sanford D. Horn is
a writer and educator living in Westfield, IN.
Better a Fortress than a Funeral Commentary by Sanford D. Horn April 4, 2013
As a strong proponent of armed security in America’s
public, private, and charter schools, the juxtaposition of the news article
written by Eric Weddle and Mary Beth Schneider, “School gun bill raises
concerns,” and the letter to the editor penned by Charles Murray of Carmel “Proposal
to arm school staff members has flaws,” both appearing in the April 4 Indianapolis Star, raises good points
and questions that can be resolved forthwith.
Addressing Mr. Murray’s last question regarding the
consultation of educators in the composition of the proposal for Indiana to
mandate that one in-house staff member be required to carry a firearm, while I
cannot answer his question, as someone who has taught in suburban and
inner-city public and charter schools in New Jersey, Baltimore, and Washington,
DC, my experience dictates that such a proposal is a step in the right
I would offer an amendment to the mandate portion of SB-1,
which was initially designed to “provide grant incentives for school districts
to hire resource officers,” (The
Indianapolis Star, p. 8, 04/04/13). The amendment, offered by State Rep.
Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) mandating the armed in-house employee, should allow for
such action to be taken, but the decision should be left to the individual local
Should such a mandate pass, Indiana would be the first
state in the union to have such a requirement, should Gov. Mike Pence sign the
bill into law. As an aforementioned supporter of firearm toting security on
school campuses, I am not squeamish about a mandate. Giving the option to the local
school districts presents a greater opportunity for such a bill to pass with
To alleviate some of Mr. Murray’s legitimate concerns
pertaining to who should be the school employee to carry a firearm, what about
that person’s absence or eventual retirement, and what about that person’s
close proximity to students in a classroom, I envision security personnel being
an off duty police officer, retired military personnel, or a member of the
Reserves. This is a cadre of available human resources.
As for the cost, another legitimate issue raised by Mr.
Murray, police and Reserve personnel are already paid for by their respective
employers and this would be seen as an extension or continuation of their
duties. The salary of retired military personnel could very easily be absorbed
by eliminating a mid-level administrator.
This is a feasible plan that within SB-1 would set the parameters
of training requirements and the certification of the armed personnel just as
teachers and other educational staff have their certification requirements.
While a rush to judgment to pass any bill simply for the sake of enactment
would be irresponsible by the legislature, so to would not adopting a law that
would provide for the safety of Hoosier children.
While no plan is perfect, nor can one armed security
staff member be in all places at all times, this plan is certainly better than
no plan at all. We are not going to curse the darkness when we are able to at
least offer a flicker of light.
Another point in favor of armed security would be the
potential to reduce home grown or in school violence such as bullying or worse.
Mr. Murray indicated that Columbine had an armed guard and that did not prevent
the heinous mass shooting that occurred there on April 20, 1999. While Mr.
Murray is correct, that should not rule out passage of an amended SB-1. One
failure should not dismiss the potential for myriad successes in preventing
bullying and/or a home grown catastrophe especially with prior disasters as
examples from which to learn and be better prepared.
Securing all entrances and exits along with increased
camera presence will also help prevent another Newtown, CT.
For those who object to passage of SB-1, remember, banks
have armed security guards. Why not where our most precious of resources spend
the majority of their days? Parents should not have to worry whether or not
their child will return home safely at the end of the day.
And for those who object to seeing schools resemble an
armed fortress, better a fortress than a place where memorial gardens are
Sanford D. Horn is
a writer and educator living in Westfield, IN.
“If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball.” –
Patches O’ Houlihan (Dodgeball)
Dodgeball a Symptom of America in Decline
Commentary by Sanford D. Horn
April 2, 2013
It didn’t take the banning of dodgeball by the Windham
School Board in New Hampshire to come to the easy conclusion that doing so
emphasizes the physical and mental decline of America. Dodgeball is merely a
symptom of this decline.
A rite of passage for virtually every American child
since elementary school, dodgeball is a microcosm of battle and necessary
combination of the use of brains and brawn. It’s not just about the bigger,
stronger children whaling on the smaller, weaker children. It’s about the
smarter children having a strategy to hide in the back of the field while the
braggarts man the front lines. Being small has its advantages – one can
typically move faster and is a tougher target to hit. And it’s also a team
sport, so it pays to have better athletes up front to catch the ball and knock
out the better players on the other team.
Is there a part of the game where bullying may come into
play? Sure there is; and make no mistake, as the victim of bullies in junior
high and high school, there is nothing I abhor more than to see the bullying of
any student by either another student, or worse, a parent or teacher.
However, that is not a reason to eliminate dodgeball from
gym class. In dodgeball, like any other gym class activity, there is
opportunity for redemption. Lose today, win tomorrow. Improve the throwing and
catching skills. And, like any gym class activity, there are the lessons of
winning with grace and losing with dignity – notions barely recognizable any
In this day and age, virtually all competition has been
sidelined in favor of putting salve on a damaged self-esteem. Note to those
parents and teachers more concerned with their child’s or student’s self-esteem
over the learning how to win and lose: you are damaging your children and
setting them up for failure and a rude awakening once they hit the real world.
This is a competition-based world in which we live and
the sooner children learn this, the better prepared they will be to face life’s
competitions – making the team, getting into college, getting the job, joining various
clubs, and yes, even finding that special someone who will become one’s future
Windham Superintendent Henry LaBranche referred to
dodgeball as a “human-target game” in an interview with the New Hampshire Union Leader. Dodgeball is
not a conspiracy, Mr. Superintendent, and while the intent is not to hit the
opponent, the body is a “human-target” in baseball, football, hockey and many
other contact sports. Are those sports to be banned as well?
It’s bad enough children are placed in virtual plastic
bubbles to avoid them getting skinned knees and the like, but children are not
eggs and their shells will not crack, unless parents and teachers continue to
shelter them like fragile porcelain dolls. After all, dodgeball is played with
the traditional squishy red bouncy ball we all remember also using for kickball,
not a medicine ball.
Sadly, this treatment carries over to the classroom where
more and more schools are doing away with awards, naming valedictorians, and
instead presenting certificates of achievements simply for showing up. Again
the nature of society is competitive and children who don’t learn this in the
classroom as well on the field of play will merely get crushed when facing the
harsh realities of the world around them.
The emasculation of boys leads to men who become
obsequious, sniveling man-children afraid of their own shadows. Barack Obama
said he doubts he would allow a son of his to play football because of the
potential for injuries and concussion. Such fates exist in all competitive
sports and considering the obesity crisis in the United States, children should
be encouraged, not discouraged, from participating in team sports. Put down the
video games and play ball!
Team sports also creates the next generation of leaders –
be they in the boardrooms, ball fields, or battlefields.
Earlier I noted that dodgeball is a microcosm of battle.
Having a winning strategy is what keeps one in the game as well as alive on the
battlefield. The winners in dodgeball become those stellar strategists in the
boardrooms and on the battlefields, while the whiners continue to become soft
and unable to fight their own battles in life.
This softness is what leads to a sense of entitlement by
this generation of students of the government as well as government allowing
them to remain on their parents’ insurance until age 26, but that’s another
column for another day.
The coddling received as school children by being placed
in cocoons by parents and teachers afraid they might break a nail will only
stunt their growth as independent adults able to take personal responsibility
for their own actions and their own lives instead of placing blame everywhere
This is not the fault of the children who at such ages
don’t know any better, but the fault of parents afraid to see their precious
child skin their knee, or teachers afraid to lose a job should a student get
hurt, or administrators afraid of lawsuits should Johnny return home with a
bruise from doing what Johnny does – play games with his friends.
Children must toughen up and adults must tough it out.
Sanford D. Horn is
a writer and educator living in Westfield, IN.
There’s a fine line between protecting an individual’s
privacy rights and downright secrecy; and the Indiana House has pole vaulted
over it in its complete abandonment of transparency according to “House opts
for secrecy,” the article written by Ryan Sabalow in the March 26 Indy Star.
While protecting a citizen’s privacy is vital, there are
ways to provide the public with information to which they are entitled
pertaining to the spending of taxpayer dollars.
A party-line vote on an amendment availing the public to
documentation regarding appraisals and relocations failed, thus keeping such
information “permanently secret,” according to Sabalow.
The amendment, written by Rep. Matt Pierce
(D-Bloomington) didn’t garner any Republican support when it is typically the
GOP calling for governmental transparency. Instead it was Rep. Jerry Torr
(R-Carmel) among others who said such transparency would damage the state’s
negotiating power and that appraisals could include photos of the properties in
question, thus leading to miscreant behavior.
A solution to this quagmire could simply provide
financial statistics to the public while eliminating any publication of
photographs. This way the taxpaying public knows how the money is being
allocated and the state would still bear the responsibility of explaining the
motives for such expenditures.
This isn’t brain surgery. But then if it were, the state
house would empty out pretty quickly.
Sanford D. Horn is
a writer and educator living in Westfield, IN.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has proven himself a hypocrite by not
supporting the rule of law or the Constitution in his support of granting
citizenship to the 12 million-plus illegals who have invaded our borders.
A hypocrite, as I lauded
Paul for his Mr. Smith Goes to Washington-style
filibuster condemning the Obama administration’s use of drones to kill American
citizens on American soil.
Other so-called GOP
leaders to stand with Rand include, but sadly are not limited to: Gov. Chris
Christie (NJ), Sen. Marco Rubio (FL), and Cong. Paul Ryan (WI).These Republicans are not leaders but capitulators willing to
sell their souls to save the party and their own cushy-tushy jobs. And worse
yet, all four are early leading contenders for the 2016 GOP presidential
The Paul support for citizenship varies
somewhat from Rubio’s support for citizenship in some of the details, but let’s
not get mired in the muck. Bottom line, granting 12 million illegals citizenship
will never stem the tide of illegals swarming our borders, but instead
encourage even more to invade the United States.
The plan by which Rubio has signed on
as part of the Gang of Eight calls for increased border security and a
strengthened E-Verify system for employers to confirm potential hires bona
fides. Paul’s plan actually eliminates the E-Verify system as a part of his
Libertarian belief system, making it an even weaker plan. Paul’s plan does
include shoring up border security, but calls his plan “trust but verify,”
which may have worked for President Ronald Reagan with the Russians, but hasn’t
a snowball’s chance in Guam of working with illegals.
In fact, the Supreme Court will decide
an Arizona voter law this spring that tightens the requirement for potential
voters by having to prove American citizenship versus simply signing a form
saying they are citizens.
Arizona Attorney General Thomas Horne
referred to the current system as “essentially an honor system. It does not do
“People who want to vote illegally may
think nothing of committing perjury by declaring themselves citizens on a piece
of paper.” (“Justices Dubious of Arizona Voter Law,” USA Today, 03/19/13)
Regardless of how one slices it, de
facto amnesty or official amnesty, 12 million invaders rewarded for illegal
behavior is a slap in the face to those future Americans who have “stood in
line” and followed the law to become legal residents and citizens the proper
and legal way.
Sen. Paul said he believes his plan
will be embraced by conservatives and his TEA Party followers and that only
with conservatives on board could such a plan succeed. Paul is wrong to think
that true conservatives – Constitutional conservatives – would ever support such
Short of deporting illegals, which even
I recognize would be tremendously challenging, the only way to shrink those
numbers is via self-deportation. The problem with self-deportation is that
neither the Democrats nor the Republicans want to actually do their jobs and
make this happen for fear of alienating voters and again, losing their
Self-deportation can occur when federal
and state governments shut off the spigot of “free stuff” for illegals – seats in
public schools, medical care, food stamps, welfare, and drivers’ licenses. The
flip side of government is the public sector – employers – who should be fined
for every illegal they hire, the equivalent of a minimum wage salary for a
year. The illegal worker should also be fined and deported.
For the GOP and RNC chief Reince
Priebus to suggest that supporting a path to citizenship for 12 million
illegals will move the party in the right direction is terribly disingenuous.
If anything, it declares that the party of Lincoln, Coolidge, Eisenhower, and
Reagan is on its knees begging for Democrat scraps at the voting polls.
It also runs counter to the $10 million
Priebus announced the RNC will spend to conduct community outreach amongst
blacks and Hispanics. Hispanic-American citizens should be insulted by the
notion that 12 million illegals, a majority of whom are Hispanic, will be
rewarded for their illegal behavior, when so many others became citizens by
following the law.
Blacks, many of whom are at the lower
end of the income ledger, should not applaud the legalization of the 12 million
as competition for jobs will become even more challenging in an already
If the GOP is to make inroads in the
black and Hispanic communities, it needs to appeal to the conservative sides of
those populations. Not that they are any more monolithic than any other
community, but many blacks and Hispanics are pro-life, church attending folks
who prefer that less money be sent overseas to countries that don’t like the
United States and that illegals not be allowed to steal potential jobs form
Until Congress – from both sides of the
aisle – is willing to do their job – create disincentives for illegals – even at
the risk of losing their precious seats; and until employers are willing to put
greed on the back burner, illegal immigration and invasion of our borders will
remain a paramount issue.
We the people need to demand
politicians not support amnesty or a path to citizenship for illegals and
demand they seal the borders or they will find themselves unemployed come next
Election Day. It’s our country. Let’s stop surrendering it before there is
nothing left to surrender.
D. Horn is a writer and educator living in Westfield, IN.
In the topsy-turvy world of what passes for right in
Obama-land more and more states are allowing illegal aliens to pay in-state
tuition while veterans of the United States Armed Forces are being denied that
If you are not as apoplectic as I am, read it again. If you’re
still not fully disgusted you have neither a soul nor a brain and you are
Let’s start with the illegals and remind people, once
again, as I have done so often, that those who are here in the United States
illegally have broken the law and should neither be in this country, nor in a
The federal government should deny all funding to any
state institution of higher learning if said schools admit illegals in the
first place, let alone at in-state tuition rates. In order to receive in-state
tuition privileges, prospective students must prove they are legal residents of
a given state. How can they do that if they are in the country illegally? They
can’t, unless they have forged documentation, another crime.
On the disgraceful flip side of this myopic coin is the unconscionable
disrespectful behavior with which American veterans are being treated. And for
the veterans it is a double dose of disrespect.
First, back in January, the Associated Press reported
that because oft-moving military members rarely have permanent roots, proving
residency has become increasingly difficult and schools are denying them
in-state tuition benefits. This has unfortunately led to several lawsuits,
taking time and money from veterans who can ill afford either, to be declared
in-state residents of states where they are seeking their degrees.
“It’s been paid for – with blood and sweat and tears and
deployments,” said former Army Sergeant Hayleigh Lynn Perez in filing a $10
million lawsuit against the University of North Carolina Board of Governors after
being denied North Carolina state residency. (AP, 01/06/13)
“For the first time since the inception of the GI Bill,
residency for tuition purposes is now an issue for thousands of veterans,” said
Jason Thigpen, founder and president of the Student Veterans Advocacy Group.
These are veterans of the United States Armed Forces
being screwed over. They have made the sacrifices few ever deign to make. They
are not asking for free tuition, just to be recognized as residents of a state
for tuition purposes. The veterans are not looking for handouts, but instead, a
hand up in an effort to better themselves to make themselves more marketable to
avoid being dependent upon the government, something that ought be encouraged,
not made more challenging.
This country is bending over backwards to placate
illegals while it is treating its veterans with such utter disdain and
disrespect. For those who are alumni of state universities, call them, e-mail
them, send a smoke signal, and inform them, should they grant illegals in-state
tuition privileges, you will cease all financial contributions.
Additionally, the money that state schools are using to
give illegals tuition discounts should go to veterans for their in-state
tuition – they earned it. The money we the people don’t give our alma maters
should go to in-state tuition funds for the veterans. Let’s afford veterans the
education they have earned. After all, they put their lives on the line while
we enjoyed campus life, now it’s payback time.
Sanford D. Horn is
a writer and educator living in Westfield, IN.