Another lesson to be learned from observing kids

Playing with my niece, Savannah Grace, that name was my idea BTW, who is now 4, I learn a lot. She likes to pretend to be a princess, or a knight, of a firefighter, or a dragon, and she likes me to pretend to. And, it is obvious that although she is just 4 she understands pretend from reality. Why does she not confuse the two? Because she is a normal child, and normal people can distinguish between fantasy and reality, which brings me to this post at American Power which lays out the case against zero tolerance policies in schools

From Glenn Reynolds, at USA Today, “Educators can’t distinguish between childish games and real threats“:

Last week, the Wall Street Journal’s Alison Gopnik reported on research from professors Jacqueline Wooley at the University of Texas and Paul Harris at Harvard that showed a surprising degree of sophistication among preschool kids. Apparently, though they spend a lot of time in fantasy pursuits, they’re actually quite good at distinguishing fantasy from reality:

Children understand the difference. They know that their beloved imaginary friend isn’t actually real and that the terrifying monster in their closet doesn’t actually exist (though that makes them no less beloved or scary). But children do spend more time than we do thinking about the world of imagination. They don’t actually confuse the fantasy world with the real one; they just prefer to hang out there.

So simple really isn’t it? So very, very simple. Yet, some Conservatives forget this when some nut shoots up a school, or movie theater. They will play the “it is video games” card. Ignoring the fact that millions and millions of other people played those same games and never caused any harm to anyone. So, to my fellow Conservatives who continue to beat that dead horse of stupidity, I offer two words of advice “STOP” and “THINK”

 

Stupid on a level never thought possible: War crimes in video games should be punished, ICRC says

Good Freaking Grief!

The International Committee of the Red Cross have called for video games to punish crimes committed in battle by adhering to real-life international war conventions.

“The ICRC believes there is a place for international humanitarian law (the law of armed conflict) in video games,” the organization that works worldwide to provide humanitarian help for people caught in war zones said in a statement on their website.

“The ICRC is concerned that certain game scenarios could lead to a trivialization of serious violations of the law of armed conflict,” they added. “The fear is that eventually such illegal acts will be perceived as acceptable behavior.” 

They are games, not  real life

Bernard Barrett, a spokesman for the organization said they were not trying to censor games or spoil people’s fun, but rather, “make clear that there are rules in battle and that certain acts are illegal.”

Shooting civilians, torture, attacking ambulances and killing prisoners are all aspects in video games that they want to address, he explained.

He added that they were not concerned with fantasy games, but those that mimic situations that might be seen in current armed conflicts, known as “first person shooters” although he declined to name specific titles.

Again, they are games, they are not real.

 

Did Adam Lanza pick Newtown school because it was an easy target

We argue that “gun-free zones” make easy targets for nutcases. The Left scoffs at our logic. Well………..

According to law enforcement Newtown killer Adam Lanza picked the local primary school because it was an easy target and he knew he could murder a lot of children in one attack. And he did just that.
CBS reported, via Pirate’s Cove.

Law enforcement sources say Adam Lanza was motivated by violent video games and a strong desire to kill more people than another infamous mass murderer.

Sources say Lanza saw himself as being in direct competition with Anders Breivik, a Norwegian man who killed 77 people in July 2011.

Two officials who have been briefed on the Newtown, Conn., investigation say Lanza wanted to top Breivik’s death toll and targeted nearby Sandy Hook Elementary School because it was the “easiest target” with the “largest cluster of people.”

Evidence shows that his mind, sources say, Lanza was also likely acting out the fantasies of a video game as he killed 20 first graders and six adults at the school. For Lanza, the deaths apparently amounted to some kind of “score.”

So, in short he was whacked completely out of his mind, and picked the easiest target he could find. What a shocker! The Left, of course, will still blame guns.

 

So, the Beyonce halftime show is leading us straight to Hell and movie violence causes school shootings?

I keep hearing certain things from some fellow Conservatives that I just cannot agree with.

No, not opposition to abortion. Abortion on demand is a grotesque violation of the most basic human right.

No,  not their opposition to needless, and pointless new gun laws. The right to self-defense is also a basic human right that the left wishes to destroy, and disarming the people is the end game of the Left

Their desire to abide by our Constitution? Again no. The biggest problem in America is that we have stopped obeying the Constitution frankly

Their opposition to the runaway spending orgy this nation is on? No, the irresponsible fiscal policies, waste, fraud, and corruption is destroying our nation

Their outrage that freedom of religion is under assault by radical Atheists? Nope! They are right to push back against those miscreants, and frankly, we should push back even harder.

So what is left? Support of Israel? No, I am rock solid in supporting Israel. Any nation that attacks Israel should know that Israel will respond and that we will support Israel. Ad yes, if that means our military joins Israel in putting boots in asses then so be it!

Border security? No, the border security issue at a national security and national sovereignty issue. Without borders that are secured, we are at risk of eventually losing our national sovereignty.

No, the issue that drives me nutty at times is those Conservatives who wish to place blame for violence, criminal violence on movies, or video games. I will make my case in the simplest way possible. No normal person watches a movie, or plays a video game and then goes out and emulates the violence therein. Anyone who would is mentally ill, and could get the “idea” to commit a violent act from just about anything. We call crazy people crazy for a reason you know. Saying we should “crack down” on movies, or video games makes as much sense as cracking down on the right of law-abiding Americans to own guns, yes, Liberals, even guns that look scary.

Then there are those that seem to be too easily offended. take the Super Bowl halftime yesterday. Beyonce performed, and, while her music is not my favorite, I can appreciate her talent, what a voice, and her energy. I keep reading how “racy” her show was. Oh and did you SEE what she was wearing? So, in fairness I watched it again. And, I am sorry, but if you think that show was over the top, or slutty, or trashy, I just do not get it. I saw nothing overtly sexual, or distasteful. Maybe someone can explain to me what was so objectionable? Seriously, someone clear this up for me.

Reliapundit offers a different view

Audio- Klavan: don’t blame video games

Love Andrew Klavan, he is one of my favorite thinkers. if you blame TV, or video games, consider that millions play video games, and very, very few ever go out and go on killing sprees. If these games “caused” violent outbursts, there would be many many more of these acts. The fact is so many WANT to blame something, anything other than the killer.