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Second Amendment . . . Armageddon In The Octagon

HARD-ASS NRA

HARD-WIRED DNA

SECOND AMENDMENT... STATE OF THE LAW

Today's Second Amendment jurisprudence says the government is forbidden from banning handguns. See Heller One, 554 U.S. 570 (2008-- a 5 to 4 decision written by Justice Scalia who, with an eye toward the future, indicated that, even the "inherent" right to bears arms under the Second Amendment, is not an absolute "right to keep and carry any weapons whatsoever, in any manner whatsoever, for whatever purpose"). But, Government can, however, ban AR15s, like the one used in Parkland Florida to take 17 lives on Valentines Day 2018-- at least until the U.S. Supreme Court says otherwise, if they ever do. See Heller Two, 670 F3d 1244 (2015 D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals).

THE ROLE OF HARD-WIRED DNA

There may be a semblance of logic and law in both the majority and the dissenting opinions of Heller One and Heller Two. But, for most Americans, logic, law, deductive reasoning and legal analysis take a back seat to long-seated, preexisting, emotional bias that surrounds firearms and the Second Amendment. My 75 year understanding of human nature tells me thatheredity aka DNA hard-wiringcreates a primitive, preexisting emotional response that predisposes Americans to either favor the NRA position of a Second Amendment on steroids with its absolute right to bear arms of any and all kinds whatsoever, or, alternatively, predisposes Americans toward the banning of military type weapons in the hands of civilians.

While the Second Amendment battle for the hearts and minds of Americans rages on, I foresee an upcoming battle to end all battles... an "Armageddon in the Octagon" that will decide once and for all whose DNA hard-wiring will ultimately prevail in the American, Constitutional landscape that seeks to define the contours of the Second Amendment.

ARMAGEDDON IN THE OCTAGON

Tonight's a night that will be remembered in infamy. 100,000 "standing room only" spectators, stand shoulder to shoulder, elbow to elbow, packed into the Roman Colosseum to watch the "battle of all battles." These present-day lovers of epic violence and daring have paid $3,000 a ticket just to stand in the shadow of history and bask in the days of glory gone by-- days when ferocious lions devoured the early Christians and days when Gladiators fought to the death against wild beasts as well as against one another... "mano e mano".

Today's spectators of the octagon are the successors of those who relished the historic battles of old. Today's spectators are the new-wave followers of "Texas Death Matches" (whatever that's about). These spectators of today have come from continents across the globe to witness this Armageddon in the Octagon. They have already whipped themselves up to fever pitch, as impresario Vince McMahan takes the microphone and begins the introductions that will begin the "battle that will end, all the battles".

INTRODUCTIONS

Out of the red corner. Laaaaadieeeees aaaaand gennnntlemen. This is the cage fight to the death that we have all been waiting for. So lets get riiiiight to it. Fighting out of the red corner and representing the Second Amendment warriors of the NRA, we have many familiar faces, starting with the much hyped, bellicose citizens of America "armed to the teeth" as they are with AR15s and other military style weapons, all wearing tee shirts emblazoned with a scull and cross bones and all shouting out the war chant, "NRA!!! NRA!!! NRA!!! NRA!!! NRA!!! NRA!!!" I can see everyone is revved up and ready for tonight's "Arrrrrmaaaaageeeeedon
in the Occccctaaaaagon"!!!

Supporting America's "armed to the hilt" citizens and also fighting out of the red corner of death and destruction, are the likes of which have filled our world with horror and terror for as long as human time can remember. Although these household names need no introduction, I give you Geeeeenghiiiisssss Khaaaaannnnn, Alexxxxxaaaaanderrrrr the Grrrrreat, the one and only Caeeeeesarrrrr of Rooooome, his crucifying corner men spitting out nails of crucifixion, rat ta tat tat!!! Take that... "smack"!!! Also in the red corner, I give you that king of barbarism, Aaaaattilllllaaaaa the Huuuuunnnnn, standing alongside those much feared explorers and occupiers of new world America, the fearless Connnnnquiiiiistaaaaadors of Spain, and their one time foe, the "Colonizers" from Great Britain, along with some new charter members, the Taliban and ISIS, plus some Christian Crusaders who have already registered for tonight's event, but who have yet to pay their entrance fee to the NRA. We are assured, as we speak, that they are returning from the Holy Land with a goodly fortune from the selling of indulgences to the infidels. These ever-dangerous Crusaders should be here momentarily and pay their NRA membership fees, square up with the promoter, Don King, and jump in the affray. Let's hear it for this line-up of "over the top," pure pedigree, DNA, NRA charter members of death and destruction... all fighting out of the reeeeeddddd corrrrrnerrrrr!!!

The Second Amendment crowd and their groupies in residence roar with "stage door Johnnie" approval, NRA!!! NRA!!! NRA!!!... as the "rapture" of anticipated violence, death, dismembering and destruction hits a resounding cacophony in an "over the top" crescendo of NRA!!! NRA!!! NRA!!!

Aaaaaaaaaand, nowwwww, fighting out of blue corner, if you even want to call it fightin,' I give you a disparate bunch of pacifists and bleeding heart liberals, well known for their chicken-hearted failure to stand up with the violence of arms, AR15s and bump stocks... those who fail again and again to worry enough about dominating God's children of color. I now give youuuuu those weak kneed pacifists ... Jesus of Nazareth, Mahatma Gandhi, the wise and gentlemanly Rabbi Hillel, the always "something to hide" Dali Lama, who once dodged the Special Prosecutor's question, "What religion are you"???... by inappropriately responding with the irrelevant answer, "My religion is kindness." Joining those historical enigmas of non-violence is South Africa's notorious black, long-time convict, Nelson Mandela, who appears along with America's ineffective, "just havin' a daydream" Reverend, Dr. Martin Luther King, accompanied by his like minded and just as ineffective preacher, the Reverend Mr. Black, who got knocked on his back by a hard punchin' lumberjack and, just "turned the other cheek." Finally, the last two contestants fighting out of the non-fighting blue corner are that chicken hearted, draft dodger, the "Champ" aka Muhammad Ali, formerly Cassius Clay, out of Louisville, Kentucky and, last and certainly least, that sweet, but naïve, Pollyanna-ish, Catholic nun who foolishly claims... "the meek will inherit the earth." All the way from the slums of Calcutta, now Kolkata, I give you the mother of all mothers, Moooootherrrrr, Teeeeerrrrreeeeesa!!!

No discernible response other than few barely audible "amens" and some mumbles about walking through some lonesome valley of their enemies while showing no fear.

NATIONAL ANTHEM

Please rise for the National Anthem to be sung by that genius of unending opinions and verbal attacks who calls 16 year-old high schoolers "soulless" because they dare take to the streets to protest against the NRA. I give you the one and only, NRA poster boy and fearless big game hunter who courageously guns down our unarmed white tail deer friends with his bevy of high-powered rifles. I give you the one and only "Motor City Madman"-- Ted (don't call me Theodore the Chipmunk) Nugent. He will be accompanied on piano and backup vocals by Kid "Made in America" Rock-- just off one of his memorable skirmishes in one of Detroit's topless joints. After the singing of the National Anthem by the dynamic duo of the "Tedster" and the "Kidster," the blue corner will give you the loser song of all time by John "just trying to give peace a chance" Lennon.

AND THE WINNER???

Damn it. I fell asleep during the first round. But, as I eventually awake and the fog of battle lifts, I see that Vince McMahan's verbal assault of the night before has left me shipwrecked on some desolate island in the Caribbean, surrounded by 30 or 40, six inch tall Lilliputians who have traded in their miniature bow and arrows of yesterday for the real life AR15s of today.

Now!!! That's what I'm talkin' about.

Fox2 Interview with Fred Lauck

Fred recently spent some time in WJKB's studio as part of their St. Patrick's Day programming

Detroit's Irish community is among the oldest immigrant populations in the city.

Fred Lauck is a local attorney and author that's chronicled the Irish influence on Metro Detroit for years. He recently released his third book "The Fightin' Irish of Detroit ... Fightin' in the Street ... Fightin' in the Courts."

He stopped by the Fox2 News studios Saturday morning to talk about the Irish settling in the Detroit area and influence the Irish community has had in shaping the legal system today.

Click Here to See Interview

Taking a Knee in Two Different Americas

I am a white man, raised and educated in the City of Detroit. I am a former prosecutor in Wayne County. My 10th grade educated father was a "bookie." My 9th grade educated brother was locked up at Jackson Prison in the 1960s for fighting cops... where he then fought Detroiter, Alvin "Blue" Lewis, for the heavyweight Championship of the "Joint." My 8th grade educated mother was a tough "take no prisoners" Irish woman. Our financial circumstances ranged from adequate to needy, depending on the day of the week. But, I was a "fair haired" white child of white America who was lucky enough to get a football scholarship and inherit all of the opportunities that an education brings. Women and black men of my era didn't receive the opportunities I did. I received the serendipitous luck of the draw by being born a white man in white America.

I was the lucky white kid who had a leg up in the "land of opportunity" as I set out to pursue the American dream. Work hard? Of course, I did. But, hard work without opportunity does not open the door where the ladder of economic advancement is hidden from many. Ask black lawyer/opera singer, Paul Robeson, who was shut out of the legal profession because he was black. Ask Negro League Hall of Famer, Satchel Paige, who, for almost his entire pitching career, was shut out of the white man's Major Leagues. Ask Satchel's contemporary, Hall of Fame catcher Josh Gibson, shut out of the Major Leagues because he was black. Ask hundreds of thousands of other blacks. Ask all the women of the 1950s, 60s, 70s and 1980s. If I wasn't fortuitously and serendipitously born a white male in America, I would not have gotten very far up the economic ladder in my lifetime. As my "bookie" father would say about a sure bet, "Take that to the bank." As Donald Trump and his advisor, Steve Bannon, would say, "That's the America we have to make great again."

When a black man looks at the American flag or hears the national anthem, do you think he has the same perception of America that a favorite son, white man like me does or that Donald Trump and his followers do? Or, do you think a black man's perception of America is colored by the institution of legalized "slavery" in the days of old and colored by the institution of legalized "segregation" and colored by the fallacy of "separate but equal" with black soldiers being told they are not good enough to be quartered with white soldiers (Tuskegee Airmen and all other blacks) and colored by black soldiers returning home for World War I, World War II, the Korean conflict and Vietnam and being thanked for their service by being told to get in the back of the bus with Rosa Parks and being told to stay out of the white man's hotels, diners, theaters, schools and baseball leagues and thereafter colored by legalized "discrimination" and being told what neighborhoods they can or can't live in and colored by being disenfranchised by having to pass literacy tests or pay a poll tax as a condition of voting or, recently, being suffocated by the cops on the sidewalks of New York while crying out in agony, "I can't breathe" eleven times before the execution of black man, Eric Garner, (for the misdemeanor of illegally selling cigarettes) was completed by cops who acted as charging authority, Judge, Jury, executioner and God?

Obviously, a black man looking at the American flag has a different perception of America than a white man. And the black man's perception is captured by United States Supreme Court's first black Justice, Thurgood Marshall's, insightful words (about the disconnect between America's political promises and America's actions), "Ah America, the greatest country that never was, but, hopefully, always will be." Yet, many white men in the throes of their angst and their continuing effort to hold the black man down rail against the black man who dares take a knee during the National Anthem to protest the black man's own particular perception of America. Does not the white man see his hypocrisy? Does not the head of the Michigan State Police, Kriste Etue, see her hypocrisy when she claims the protesters are degenerates who hate America? Why do so many white men and some women insist that the protesting black man should have the same "perception" of America that the white man has? Why does the "colonizing" white man try to force the black man to have the same mind set about America that the white man has? Why does the white man insist on "co-opting" the black man's perception of and his vision for America? Why is the white man so out of tune with his black brother that he insists on a self righteous attack on black men who are merely engaged in peaceful, non-violent protest for "redress of grievances" under the First Amendment, as the black man holds up a mirror to white America, telling white America, "You can do better"?

Question? Do my comments make me a bleeding heart liberal? or a "progressive"?... or, perhaps, just another misguided American soul, out of touch with the "lives and times" of Donald Trump and present day America?

The Evolution of Sex... Revolution at Michigan State

Michigan State football... four players kicked off the team for sexual improprieties (perhaps crimes… time will tell) and one assistant coach gone. 

Sex and young men and women… always problematic, the eternal challenge: "Hang down your head, Tom Dooley.” The survival of our species depends upon sex and young men and women. As the great historian Will Durant says in his fine book The Lessons of Historynature does not care about the welfare of individuals within the species; nature cares only about the survival of the species and, therefore nature smiles upon multiple births and more and more procreation and thereafter for nature... it’s just “survival of the fittest” to insure the strength of the species and its ability to survive. That is still the rule for the animal kingdom today. 

But man has spiritually evolved (through the message of the Jesus and through the message of the prophets, I suspect) and changed the rule of nature and "survival of the fittest" to a modern day rule that says, we must concern ourselves with not only the species, but with the rights of the individual members within the species. Under nature’s law, neither Beethoven, Helen Keller, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles or Andrea Bocelli  (handicapped as they were) would survive. They lose nature's “survival of the fittest” battle because they are not physically equipped to survive. They couldn’t hear or they couldn’t see, so they couldn't escape the threats to their survival. But, under man’s modern rule that protects the rights of the individuals within the species, they all survive and go on to great success. 

But, a caveat… much of the nature's "evolutionary urge" to procreate, procreate, procreate and keep on procreating for the benefit of survival of the species still remains today in the "evolutionary psyche” of modern man. We call it “sex drive” and it varies in intensity from man to man and woman to woman depending upon (I suspect) their DNA and varying amounts of testosterone and estrogen.   

Therefore, in our modern world, there still exists as part of man’s evolutionary past an overwhelming urge (some would say “irresistible impulse”) to engage in sex, engage in sex, engage in sex and keep on procreating and procreating and keep on strengthening the species with multiple births and larger and larger populations. This left-over “evolutionary psyche” of rampant procreation has left us with a host of modern day problems even though modern man is no longer a pregnancy machine, herd animal. These modern day problems include non-consensual sex, miscommunication... young men with one agenda and young women with another agenda, broken relationships and broken hearts, lack of knowledge re birth control, unwanted pregnancies, termination of pregnancies, right to life, religious taboos, double standards and more. 

What the hell is a father or mother or Football Coach suppose to do??? control all of this??? control the overwhelming urges of evolution and nature??? Impossible. Anyone who tells you that it’s just “mind over matter” is either a eunuch or is “sophomoric” or both. Would that it were that simple. Man is not that far removed (evolutionary speaking) from the animal kingdom that impregnates every female it can in the herd, and, if you think otherwise, I think you fail to grasp the overwhelmingness of the sexual urge in young men. 

All you can do as a Football Coach is try to recruit the right athlete from the right family (a roll of the dice many times) and then set the culture, the culture that tries to stop young men from physically/sexually abusing women (and women from taking emotional advantage of men). But, the sexual urge is evolutionary and is so much stronger in young men than words or the setting of culture. All you can do is hope and pray that no one takes physical or emotional advantage of anyone else.

The last 20 years of technology have changed the world forever. Yet the last 2000 years of the pursuit of understanding life have brought very little insight into the ongoing sexual dichotomy between the overwhelming, evolutionary urge to procreate and the accompanying need to control that urge… varying, of course, with the amount of testosterone in any given male.

Despite the best laid plans of Mice and Men and Football Coaches, when it comes to the sexual urges of procreation... predicting (or controlling) the sexual behavior of athletes and non-athletes alike is always a roll of the dice… perhaps, even a “fool’s errand.”