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THE SCOOP

a  more or less monthly newsletter from author Ken Kuhlken
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MY LATEST OBSESSION 

 Guns

My father-in-law was a tough guy, a Marine who served as  head rifle instructor during both WWII and the Korean War.  Among other legends: he and some sidekicks broke his brother out of the Tijuana jail and delivered him across the border. At age eighty, when a young fellow grabbed his wife’s purse in the Fed-Mart store, he decked the guy with one punch.
 
Before and after the Marines, he was a hunter. Months of every year he spent in the deserts and forests, shooting edible creatures. In his den, also a trophy room, he kept racks of rifles and shotguns.
 
When my Cody was a boy, he asked Grandpa Ralph if he had any handguns. Ralph said no. Cody asked why not.
 
“The only use for a handgun,” Ralph said, “is to kill a person. I don’t want to kill anybody.”
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GOOD STUFF FROM OTHER NEWS SOURCES

Roger Cohen on The Madness of Crowds:  "People are weak. They are susceptible. They are easily manipulated through their fears. They long to prostrate themselves. They can be led by the nose into the gutter."

On the same topic, also read “The Grand Inquisitor” from The Brothers Karamazov. The story is quite available online. 
 

On Government Coverups:  What most concerns me about corruption abroad is that our government is fast becoming ever more like Mexico’s, in which the haves will go to any extreme to keep the have-nots from getting what the haves have and want ever more of.
 

Wisdom from novelist Marilynne Robinson:  Because few of us truly know how to be ourselves, here's a book we all should read, "... about what it means to be the custodian of one’s conscience in a world saturated with orthodoxies.

On Guns in the Classroom from a Marine who believes that being a soldier isn't the only noble calling.

FOR WRITERS
 
"Find Out Who You Are, Part One" from Writing and the Spirit 
 
Publishers looking for submissions
 
Belmont Story Review invites submissions for its third issue. We’re looking for submissions of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction from emerging and established writers. Also, we’re open to submissions of narrative journalism in the areas of music, publishing, creativity and collaboration, as well as faith and culture. Cash honorarium of $50 for prose and $25 for poetry/flash fiction. For more information 
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Wishing y'all enthusiasm.

Ken
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