Live Science or Gun Propaganda?

Well, as usual, the massacre in Denver brought the loons out of the closet. Before the bodies had fully cooled, Mayor "Salt Control" Bloomberg was demanding action:
You know, soothing words are nice, but maybe it’s time that the two people who want to be president of the United States stand up and tell us what they are going to do about it, because this is obviously a problem across the country.
Mayor Bloomberg is for denying gun ownership to everyone but his heavily-armed personal security team and government social control personnel. I can understand that kind of lust for power. Big Gulps are out of control. Salt shakers are rampaging through quiet American neighborhoods. We need to get a handle on this, because "everything seemingly is spinning out of control." In an effort to support their control-freak agendas, politicians buy a lot of propaganda masquerading as science. Here's a snippet from LiveScience.com, a fairly well-respected science news site. It describes work, bought by your taxpayer dollars, looking at data on households with guns and homicide rates. Matthew Miller of the Harvard School of Public Health found this:
[2007] In the top firearm-household states, homicide rates were more than double the rates found for states in the lowest firearm group. Overall, the top-gun states showed homicide rates that were 60 percent higher than all other states.
Who is Matthew Miller, M.D.? Well, he claims to be an expert on suicide, studying things like the effect of fatulosity (that's BMI if you're a Food Nazi) on the propensity to off yourself1. Seems like a perfect colleague for Mayor "Big Gulp" Bloomberg. But look at what they're doing here. It's shameful. The LiveScience article may be just parroting Miller's paper, so you have to give them the benefit of the doubt. But you know it's raw propaganda when they highlight a table showing the top five states in terms of household gun ownership alongside the claim that "the top-gun states showed homicide rates that were 60 percent higher...", and all five states they show in the table rank nearer the bottom than the top in homicide. The top five states are listed below with their percentages of household gun ownership. In parentheses and bold is the rank of that state in homicides per 100,000 according to the FBI Uniform Crime Report for 2010:
  • Wyoming - 59.7% (50)
  • Alaska - 57.8% (26)
  • Montana - 57.7% (33)
  • South Dakota - 56.6% (36)
  • (Almost Heaven) West Virginia - 55.4% (37)
In other words, the top five states in household gun ownership are all in the bottom half of homicide rate rankings, and Wyoming, with the highest gun ownership rate in the nation, is dead last, as it were, in homicides per 100,000. The wiggle out of what would otherwise be a barefaced lie is Louisana and Mississippi. They are states near the top of the list in percent household gun ownership with high homicide rates. But any fool still drawing breath could see that something else is going on here. If, of course, they were looking for the truth. Well, I'm retired, lazy, and don't have a million dollars of your money to waste on this bullshit, but I was able to get my hands on the household data Miller used without too much effort, along with some FBI and Census data. So I thought I might nose around a little. Using the methods preferred by Doc Miller and his epidemiology crowd, I decided to run a couple of regressions on some data. So let's start with percent household gun ownership and homicide rates. By the way, I'm personally convinced Miller ran this regression but simply failed to publish it. After all, regression is what he does. Look at his other papers. Anyway, the correlation coefficient for percent household gun ownership and homicide rates turned out to be 0.08. Basically zero. Obviously, the rate of household gun ownership has nothing to do with the homicide rate. I wonder why Doc Miller didn't report that? Must have been an oversight. But I started thinkin'... a dangerous thing to do in a Progressive State... that there had to be something that was driving homicide rates. And  even without a million bucks of your money, I remembered South Chicago had a higher death rate than Afghanistan. Oh yeah, and there's Detroit. And South Memphis. And Camden. And Baltimore. Hm. So I got my hands on state-level demographic data and regressed percent black population in a state on homicide rate. Lawdamercy, the correlation was 0.76! Now folks, that's about as big as epidemiological correlations get and about as "no-brainer" as "research" goes. But still, I was not satisfied. In contrast to Doc Miller's more political approach, I scrutinized the actual state numbers. And I thought I might have seen a trend. I remembered all those frightened Americans I saw in YouTube videos and on Fox News who live on the Arizona and Texas border with Mexico. And I remembered the Danger sign I saw in the news story about the AZ border. It's been erected in Organ Pipe National Park (AZ) warning Americans not to enter because of heavily-armed, violent drug smugglers and human trafficking. I couldn't find good data on illegal Latino populations (that's why they call them undocumented), so I just eliminated the border states (FL, TX, NM, AZ, and CA) from the regression analysis. Once you back out some of the border violence, the correlation coefficient between percent black population and homicides jumps to 0.84. That's even huger than huge. For those of you interested in such things, it's an R2 = 0.70. So passing a law to prohibit the sale and possession of guns by black Americans would seem a direct route to a dramatic reduction in the gun homicide rate. If gun laws actually worked the way politicians claim they work before the laws are passed and they've confiscated your guns. In fact, the first gun control laws in America were designed to do precisely that: keep blacks on the plantations from arming themselves. Given the level of violence in black communities, it's law-abiding black citizens that need a household defensive weapon the most. It's little consolation when the police show up after your kid has been shot to death by a drug-addled degenerate trying to steal your TV. And even if they burn the bastard who did it, your kid's still dead. Now here's the thing... if we could eliminate mass murder by passing laws, the Israelis wouldn't need to worry about being shredded by ball bearings and rusty nails while having lunch in a pizza parlor. I'm fairly sure bomb belts are illegal there. And concealed carry is probably out of the question. But here's the thing I don't like: I don't like a law that says regular folks can't possess a defensive weapon because black thugs and Latino drug smugglers are killing each other. I'm sorry for them, and I wish they would stop, but taking my gun away because of what they do is - in my not-so-humble opinion - collective punishment; i.e., "the punishment of a group of people as a result of the behavior of one or more other individuals or groups". Collective punishment is a blatant human rights violation. Hells' bells, it's even a violation of the Geneva Convention. LiveScience.com should either be ashamed of itself and do some groveling for knowingly propagandizing in favor of collective punishment, or they should fire the author of that article, Jeanna Bryner, for journalistic malpractice. ________________________________ 1 By the way, he didn't find anything, but spent a lot of your money doing it. Well, actually, he did find something: fatulous people are less likely to commit suicide. But that didn't make the Noo Yawk Timez for some reason.  

Needs An Ass-Kicking: Union Scum

Doug Ross is highlighting the disgusting tactics of Service Employees International Union scum. The SEIU is endangering the elderly and infirm because HealthBridge Management Health Care Centers (CT) won't capitulate to their demands.
The [Newington, CT] police report states that “prior to the employee labor strike … the name tags on the patient’s doors for the Alzheimer’s ward were mixed up. The photos attached to the medical records for these patients were removed further complicating, but not making impossible the identification of the patients.” “Also, dietary blue stickers affixed to the door name tags were removed,” the report continued. A source with knowledge of HealthBridge’s operations told The [Daily Caller] that those stickers identify residents that have dysphagia, or trouble swallowing. Those patients have special dietary restrictions to prevent them from choking.
Keeping in mind cuts and chronic underfunding from Medicare and Medicaid, along with a moribund economy and health care inflation, here is a summary of the union demands:
[T]he Union demanded [...] the Health Care Centers increase their pension contributions from 8% to 8.5% of Union members' salaries into the SEIU pension plan, with no employee contribution.  The Union insisted that the Health Care Centers should continue paying 1% of the salaries of Union members into the SEIU Training Fund, when in fact it is doubtful whether many employees receive any benefit from this Fund. The Union also insisted that the Health Care Centers pay virtually 100% of all employee health insurance costs (until, late in the negotiations, the Union conceded that its members could pay a token amount).
Even if one agrees with the union, (which, in this economy, I don't), endangering the lives of our most vulnerable and frail elderly citizens is not a reasonable weapon as a union "sabotage" tactic. But President Obama may think differently. Here's what he had to say, in a 2008 speech reminiscent of one of Jeremiah Wright's best stemwinders, to an ecstatic SEIU congregation in the full grip of the Holy Progressive Spirit:
[T]he SEIU agenda is my agenda...
Watch it and make up your own mind, but if you ask me, it's a thin line between that speech and snake handling. Not that there's anything wrong with handling snakes, mind you. Why, I wouldn't mind throwing a big basket of ill-tempered, jacked-up timber rattlers in the midst of one of those charismatic union encounters myself. Be a pay-per-view event.  

“Houston Station, it looks like we’ve got us a Dragon by the tail…”

This is one of the most inspiring videos I've ever seen. Truthfully, I was almost brought to tears.
What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour. Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet...  [Psalm 8: 4-6]
A triumph of Judeo-Christian civilization; a triumph of free markets and free men. The private exploration of space begins... I'm thankful I lived to see it.

The Root of Obama’s Contempt For Small Business

Every small businessperson should read a report entitled "Small Consolation: the Dubious Benefits of Small Business for Growth and Wages" (1998) authored by Dale Belman and Erica Groshen. Belman is on the faculty of the School of Labor and Industrial Relations at Michigan State. His hard-left unionism is no surprise in an academic Labor Relations Department. Groshen, however, was with the New York Fed (Clinton Administration) at the time the report was published and has just been promoted by President Beaux Zeaux to a much more powerful position in the Department of Labor. Groshen has been entrusted with the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and has the President's back on the unemployment numbers. As you will see, she is no friend of small business. This is how the report opens:
Small business has long enjoyed a favorable spot in the public imagination. It is often portrayed as the engine of economic growth in the U.S. economy and extolled as the source of economic virtues such as job growth, entrepreneurship, innovation, cost reduction, and flexibility.
I think we can all agree with that. Americans love their small businesses. We often call them "Mom and Pop" stores. Many of us, myself included, had our first job in a small business. Millions of us, including me (now retired) and my wife (currently working), have owned small businesses. Small business is also part of the American dream. Countless immigrants have come to this country with nothing but a few dollars and the dream of opening a small business. Why, it's even carved on the Statue of Liberty, the very symbol of America:
Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free; The wretched refuse of your teeming shore, Send these, the homeless, Tempest-tossed to me I lift my lamp beside the golden door!
It goes like this, quoted from a ChicagoTrib column by John Kass, son of a Greek immigrant:
[My Dad would] return home long after dark, physically and mentally exhausted, take a plate of food, talk with us for a few minutes, then flop in that big chair in front of the TV. Even before his cigarette was out, he'd begin to snore. The next day he'd wake up and do it again. Day after day, decade after decade. Weekdays and weekends, no vacations, no time to see our games, no money for extras, not even forMcDonald's. My dad and Uncle George, and my mom and my late Aunt Mary, killing themselves in their small supermarket on the South Side of Chicago.
Click on the link and read the whole damn thing. It's a great column. And America is dotted with restaurants, dry cleaners, ice cream shops, ethnic grocery stores, medical practices, landscaping companies, handyman services... a myriad of small businesses of every kind. It's truly a beautiful thing. Except to statists. Statists hate small business. What statists don't understand is why someone like John Kass's father would do such a thing. Instead of going on welfare or working for a bailed-out, unionized business so they can  hang out in the parking lot of the union hall smoking dope and sucking beers over lunch. Before they put your car together. Erica Groshen, who has the President's ear, does not see beauty in the riot of small business that exists on almost every street in New York City and on every Main Street in every cornpone town that nestles among the farm fields and cattle pastures of flyover country. What she sees is privilege:
The favorable image of small firms has translated into considerable influence on public policy, and, as a result, laws are often written to partially or fully exempt small firms from oversight and regulation.
And, not surprisingly, Ms Groshen is not amused. It bothers her that there are businesses left outside the iron fist of regulation and government control:
[F]irms with under $500,000 in revenue are not covered by minimum wage laws; the Family Medical Leave Act applies only to firms with 50 or more employees; the Toxic Substance Control Act of 1976 exempts small chemical companies from testing and reporting requirements; the Occupational Safety and Health Administration exempts firms with fewer than 20 employees from regular inspections; and the Office of Federal Contract Compliance exempts businesses with fewer than 50 employees from filing affirmative action plans. Even Securities and Exchange Commission reporting requirements are more stringent for larger firms.
Everyone recognizes that the volume of required reporting and the compliance costs of tens of thousands of regulations would put many, if not most, existing small businesses out of business. And it would destroy small business creation. But destroying small business is OK. Because large business is statistically better. Now don't get me wrong. I don't think President Obama and his pet labor economist, Erica Groshen, are specifically aiming to destroy small business. No, I think it's simply a determination to remove all exemptions. Substituting small business for the coal industry in President's 2008 comments, "So, if somebody wants to build a [small business], they can — it’s just that it will bankrupt them..." The last sentence of Groshen's report perfectly summarizes the Administration's view of small business:
Small may be beautiful in many arenas, but it is not beautiful for workers.
If you own a small business, this may be the most important election in your lifetime.

 

If The SEALs Had Been Killed, It Would Have Been Terrible for the President?

Some retired special operations veterans have set their sights on the President's campaign. His trashy exploitation of the bin Laden assassination put him in the crosshairs. They want to blow up his chances for a second term. Oh, fiddlesticks. Was I being uncivil? I'm so sorry. Anyway, the SpecOps guys have a website you should visit: Special Operations for America. It features a great video, with this money quote:
Suppose the Navy SEALS had gone in there... suppose they had been captured or killed. The downside would have been horrible for him.
Him?

Tim Blair, Languagemeister

This is brilliant:
Behold the creation of a beautiful new phrase:
At the state’s largest wind farm at Woolnorth in the island’s north-west, 19 wedge-tailed eagles are known to have been killed since it began operations in 2003. Another three sea eagles also have hit the rotors ...
This could be the “turned pear-shaped” or “went belly-up” of our age. Consider the possible applications: • “My first marriage hit the rotors four years ago, after she caught me with her sister.” [...]
"Jump the shark" just hit the rotors.

Why Republicans Are Losing

Republicans are losing because they don't realize they're in a fight. Republicans are losing because they think they showed up for a debate. Republicans are losing because they fail to follow these simple rules from the USMC's "Rules for gunfighting":
  1. Bring a gun. Preferably, bring at least two guns. Bring all of your friends who have guns. Bring their friends who have guns.
  2. Anything worth shooting is worth shooting twice.
  3. Do not attend a gunfight with a handgun, the caliber of which does not start with a "4".
I've been listening for a week to experts claiming that Mitt Romney, who is struggling in this fight, should be explaining some sort of "plan" to revive the economy. Then we can have a "real debate". Unfortunately for the Debating Society, the Democrats don't want a debate. If they debate, they lose. There's no "debate" about the unemployment rate. There's no "debate" about the economic outlook. But just to make sure everybody's on board and happy, let's do a plan. How's this for a plan?
  • Go back to a free market
You can call it the Apostate's One Point Plan. Now that we have the "real debate" part of the campaign taken care of, let's get down to the "getting elected" part. If the Republicans are going to get elected, they must ignore all Democratic caviling about civility. Civility is a sucker's game in this election. Civility is for debate teams. This is a fight. I'm sick of the civility argument. Matt Tabbibi provides a perfect illustration why I'm sick of it. Tabbibi writes for Rolling Stone. Last Friday, he penned a column about Romney's NAACP speech. Tabbibi's premise was idiotic, but that's both beside the point and expected - he's a hard Leftist. Idiotic goes with the territory. More to the point of this post, Tabbibi chides Romney for his tone and a lack of thoughtfulness. Here's what Tabbibi put in the suggestion box:
[Romney] could have talked about the increasingly strident tone of the national debate over racially charged issues, and wondered aloud if politicians on both sides perhaps needed to find a new way to talk about these things without fearmongering, stereotyping, or trading accusations. He could have met the racial-tension issue head on, in other words, just by saying out loud the simple truth that white and nonwhite Americans, and Democrats and Republicans both, need to find more civilized ways to talk about their political concerns. [emphasis added -ed.]
A noble sentiment, indeed. Or would have been, had it not been immediately preceded by this:
The twin appearances revealed [Romney] to be not merely unlikable, and not merely a fatuous, unoriginal hack of a politician, but also a genuinely repugnant human being, a grasping corporate hypocrite with so little feel for how to get along with people that he has to dream up elaborate schemes just to try to pander to the mob.
Are you seeing a disconnect here, or is it just me? For the record, I'm generally in favor of Nice. Nice is a virtue. The History of Little Goody Two-Shoes was a wonderful and instructive story. But Margery Meanwell, aka Goody Two-Shoes, was not being assaulted and the fate of England was not at stake. Chamberlain was nice, in contrast to Churchill, who was a fighter. "Peace in our time" in contrast to "The war is inevitable; and let it come." Nice is good, but not as a replacement for simple honesty. Honestly, the Collected Law Review Papers of Harvard Law Review Editor Barack Obama, Esq. is the shortest book in the world at 0 pages. Honestly, President Barack Obama wrecked the economy. Honestly, Constitutional Law "Professor" Barack Obama is ignorant of Constitutional Law. Honestly, investment guru Barack Obama wasted billions of other people's dollars on stupid investments. Honestly, America's Most Transparent President, Barack Obama, is America's least transparent President. Honestly, President Pencilneck Obama did not kill Osama bin Laden. Honestly, what is not deliberately concealed about Barack Obama's life is a pack of lies. I could go on, but I won't. There are a million ads in there. Oh yes, they're all "negative", but it also happens they're all true. Nice is good. But not in a street fight. Republicans were sooooo upset that the press did not tell the truth in 2008. And they are sooooo upset that the press is in the bag and not telling the truth in 2012. I detect a pattern here. Republicans were sooooo upset that John Roberts didn't do their work on Obamacare for them after they didn't bother to get out and vote in 2008. Here's my suggestion to Republicans: man up. Don't expect anyone else to do your fighting for you. If the press won't tell the truth for you, if the Chief Justice won't protect you, pull out the brass knuckles. And if the Democrats snarl and yap that you're "going negative", rack the pump action. That'll get their attention.

Food Deserts Are Not Caused By Global Warming

Michelle Obama sez:
“Think about all the neighborhoods that could be transformed, because people want to live in communities where they have resources,” Obama said in Chicago following a summit hosted by Mayor Rahm Emanuel on strategies to increase the availability of healthy, affordable food in underserved communities. “And a grocery store -- a good-quality grocery store -- is the first step.”
Food deserts are not caused by global warming. Food deserts are not caused by greedy capitalists. Food deserts are caused by crime:  

Great Moments in Government History

If you’ve got a business -- you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen. ------ B. Obama [7/13/12]
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Alexander Graham Bell and the Government Invent the Telephone[/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="501"] Charles Townes and the Government Invent the Laser[/caption]   [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="497"] Ray Dolby and the Government Invent the Electronic Noise Reduction System[/caption]

Obama Goes Native

Remember Elizabeth "Lieawatha" Warren? She's the lily-white, blue-eyed, blonde, Native American who occupies the endowed Affirmative Action Chair in the Harvard Law School. You may have heard about her on "Ripley's Believe It or Not". I think it was the episode with the "Alien Siamese Triplets" and "Boris the Wonder Dog Who Can Extract Cube Roots". Well, anyway, Lieawatha, the Token Native American, has a Naive Native economic theory. Here's how it goes:
There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own — nobody. You built a factory out there? Good for you. But I want to be clear. You moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for. You hired workers the rest of us paid to educate. You were safe in your factory because of police-forces and fire-forces that the rest of us paid for.
In other words, "You owe us. So pay up, bitches." That theory dates all the way back to Chief Stomps-Your-Ass and his band of IRS braves. Well, that theory sounded so good that President Barack "Beaux Zeaux" Obama went for it. Here's what he said last Friday in Roanoke, VA:
If you’ve got a business -- you didn’t build that.
Now this is a useful theory. Why? Because...
  • the President can't claim credit for an economic recovery - because it didn't happen.
  • the President can't claim credit for a housing recovery - because the housing market hasn't recovered.
  • the President can't claim credit for improving the health care system - because costs have continued to grind upward on an unsustainable trajectory, millions would be uninsured today if they hadn't been granted waivers, and the enabling legislation, Beaux Zeaux's "signature bill", is despised by a clear majority of Americans who favor repeal
  • the President can't claim credit for reducing unemployment - because the broadest unemployment rate is still in the mid-teens and the narrowest rate is still north of 8%
  • the President can't claim credit for reducing the deficit - because the deficit has ballooned
  • the President can't claim credit for stopping the rise of the oceans..., oh, enough with the bullet points. You get the picture.
So what can the President claim credit for? Well, like Lieawatha, he can claim credit for what you did.
If you’ve got a business -- you didn’t build that.  Somebody else made that happen.
[caption id="" align="alignright" width="205"] Socialist "Production Awards"[/caption] Now my guess is that a lot of businessowners are going to read this speech or hear about it on TV and say, "Well I'll be damned! They're right! Why, I just work here! Th' Preezy o' th' Skeezy built this bizzy o' th' skizzy! Well, him and Lieawatha. And Barney Frank. And Nancy Pelosi. And Harry Reid. I guess I better vote for them, huh?" It's sure going to be a wake-up call for America when this finally soaks through our thick skulls. And it's not just the private sector. Beaux Zeaux went on to say:
There are some things, just like fighting fires, we don’t do on our own.
Nosirree. Why, did you know that "In the United States, 73 percent of all firefighters are actually volunteers..."? I'll bet you didn't. But it's not them, you see. It's not those volunteers who are out there fighting fires just because they are great people. No sir! It's the government! Why, those volunteers wouldn't be doing that job if they didn't have those old, cast-off fire trucks that the government built to run on government roads with government gasoline that pump government water to shower down on your government house before the damn thing burns down and you end up being a government dependent. You f&^king ingrate. So get with the program, because Beaux Zeaux's not gonna take it anymore. He's going Native.

Benevolence: The Handmaiden of Tyranny

Seven and a half hours of mild, unexhausting labour, and then the soma ration and games and unrestricted copulation and the feelies. What more can they ask for? ----- Mustapha Mond in Huxley's Brave New World 
Huxley's words perfectly describe a post-cultural world. Roger Kimball comments on the current anti-cultural, anti-civilizational ethos vibrantly alive in America today.
Benevolence, unfortunately, is not only not incompatible with tyranny, it is often its most conspicuous handmaiden. [9:50]
Edify yourself: UPDATE: On government benevolence and Title IX...
(Newsweek) Let’s not forget, Title IX isn’t just about sports. From addressing inequality in math and science education to preventing sexual assault on campus to fairly funding athletic programs, Title IX ensures equality for our young people in every aspect of their education. ----- Barack Obama
Some claim that the Obama Administration is poised to issue regulations capping the number of men that can be enrolled in science and engineering to ensure "gender equality".

The Pyle Principle, Quantified

Readers of a certain age may remember Gomer Pyle, USMC. If so, they may also remember Lance Corporal Pyle's Principle, to be uttered in sincerity on every occasion of the blindingly obvious: "Surprise, surprise, surprise!"

The Pyle Principle certainly applies to Americans' confidence in television news, as measured by Gallup...

Gallup comments,

It is not clear precisely why Americans soured so much on television news this year compared with last.

It's blindingly obvious to me. They lie.

Surprise, surprise, surprise.

Outsourcing: Beaux Zeaux Eliminates The Middleman

President Beaux Zeaux has accused Mitt Romney of supporting "tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas." The Beaux Zeaux Administration would never do anything like that. They're more efficient. They send your tax dollars directly overseas and eliminate the middleman. But truthfully, it's even more elegant than that: they borrow money from the Chinese government to create jobs in China.

Negative Optimism

From the National Federation of Independent Business, the "voice" of small business in America:
The Index of Small Business Optimism declined 3 points in June, falling to 91.4. The decline is significant, relinquished the gains achieved earlier this year and is a clear indication of slow growth.
Negative optimism: two words that perhaps best describe the result of President Beaux Zeaux's Progressive economic policy. Remember when Beaux Zeaux said "the private sector is doing fine"? Remember how people who participate in the private sector laughed? And then cried? Beaux Zeaux even got his pet Wall St lickspittle financial writer, the delightfully named Rex Nutting, to gin up a column entitled "It's the best of times for US corporations". You can go here and read it if you have the slightest interest in the techniques and methods of Advanced Sycophancy. But if you're pressed for time, here's the money quote: "[A]s piece of economic analysis, the president was spot on." If you've read that sentence, you've read the whole column. Well Rex, maybe that's the way it looks from down there, but here's the way it looks to actual small businesspeople: And the outlook isn't going to improve anytime soon. Because Beaux Zeaux has promised that, if elected (and he probably will be if Mitt Romney keeps running on his resume), he will veto any extension of the current tax rates for "the rich" next year. Of course, many of these "rich" people are small businesses and limited liability professional companies that pass through corporate income directly to the owners under the tax rubric of an S corporation. Like the nice family who lives down the street and runs that little burger joint on Main St.

The Invention We’ve All Been Waiting For: Smart Headlights

How many times have you found yourself driving in a rainstorm wishing for smarter headlights? If your headlights are like mine, they just sit there, passive, shining into the dark from the front of the vehicle. Morons. Well, salvation is at hand. Scientists at Carnegie-Mellon, using your money, have invented smart headlights. These flabbin' headlights are so smart they shine between the raindrops. Seriously. And they are so simple:
The system uses a camera to track the motion of raindrops and snowflakes and then applies a computer algorithm to predict where those particles will be just a few milliseconds later. The light projection system then adjusts to deactivate light beams that would otherwise illuminate the particles in their predicted positions.
Unfortunately, these headlights are not quite ready for prime-time...
In their lab tests, Narasimhan and his research team demonstrated that their system could detect raindrops, predict their movement and adjust a light projector accordingly in 13 milliseconds.
I know that seems fast, but steering around falling raindrops at normal highway speeds...well, that's a different kettle of fish, speedwise. And there's another bummer of a problem that needs to be solved. When all the equipment necessary to do this millisecond-level headlight steering is stacked up on your hood, you can't see jack. But not to worry. They have plans to use some more of your money to put this on an array of LEDs. This would also be faster, because all they need to do is turn the LEDs off when they're aimed at a raindrop.Seems logical to me. But I'm thinking these guys are not seeing the whole Big Picture. This gizmo would be just the perfect thing for the Chevy Volt! Using headlights has always been a downer for battery car drivers. Headlights suck. Literally. With these babies, maybe half your headlights would be off all the time! If it was raining hard enough, maybe 80-90% of your headlights would be off. That's a big power savings. So just drive in the rain! No problemo! I'm just thinking, though. These headlights are going to make some psychedelic sight after dark on an urban freeway during rush hour in a heavy rainstorm. Whoo-ee! Better'n drugs.

NIce Try :-)

I just received an e-mail. The sender's domain name was secularapostate.net, so it must be from one of my flying monkeys. I thought you might enjoy it, so here it is, exactly as I received it:
Please confirm your reservtaion of charter flight. Your secrteary has reserved a charter flight for 16 persons. We have caluclate a price for rent this trip with a Hawker 4000 N10QS aircraft. More infromation you can get from attached booklet.
On the other hand, it may be spam from the Obama campaign. The erudition gives it away.

Religionists of Peace Murder 115 Christians in Nigeria

According to the Indian press, peaceful members of the Religion of Peace™ murdered 115 Christians in central Nigeria:
[H]erdsmen from the [Islamic] Fulani tribe besieg[ed] and raid[ed] Christian villages near conflict-prone Jos city, prompting violent clashes. Those killed today were attending the funeral of 63 other people killed earlier yesterday in Karkuruk village in Barkin Ladi local government area when the assailants returned to kill more people with guns and machetes.
Of course, hacking kafirs ("unbelievers") to death with machetes is standard practice within the highly civilized stratum of devout Islamoid Believers. Other techniques of social purification include burning, beheading, and nail bombing.
After the attack on funeral attendees, some 50 bodies were also discovered burnt in the house of a pastor of the Church of Christ in Nigeria (COCIN) in Matse village in Riyom Local Government Area of the state.
Naturally, you need not expect to read anything about this in the US mainstream media. They are fretting about possible terrorist acts from US military veterans, pro-life activists, and individuals who believe in the US Constitution.

It’s Official: Barack Obama Is A Loon

There are liars and there are loons. A liar is a man who will meet a prospective date in a bar and invent an impressive biography. A liar is a man who will tell a prospective employer that he has skills, experience, and education that he doesn't have. A liar is a man who will take your money to invest it, and waste every penny on gambling and high living. Barack Obama is certainly a liar, convicted on all counts. But that's not atypical of politicians. If Obama were just a liar, there would be no cause for alarm. On the other hand, a loon is a man who tell you the sun is shining while you're standing in a dark alley at midnight. A loon is a man who will piss on your shoe and tell you it's raining. Barack Obama is a loon. Get a load of this: Not only did Barack Obama outspend John McCain $740.6 million to McCain's $227.7 million, Obama was the first Presidential nominee to reject Federal funding and the consequent legal limits (source: Boston Globe, 12/27/08). The difference between a liar and a loon boils down to the believability of the lie. A good liar can convince you he's telling the truth. You laugh at the risible lies of a loon. That's why they used to call the loon-atic asylum the "funny farm". For Barack Obama to tell a lie this transparent is, as Democrats would put it, "deeply troubling". It's troubling because there's no way to spin the lie as any sort of truth. But it's especially troubling because everybody - everybody - knows it's a lie. Just like you know the little guy back there on the Tittering Ward is not Napoleon without looking at his birth certificate, you know that Obama vastly outspent McCain. The spending differential in 2008 was one of the signature features of the '08 election, like Obama's mixed race, distinguishing that election from all others. Gallons of ink and hours of talking head time were expended on the spending differential during the '08 campaign season and since. The best thing the voters could do for this deeply troubled and piteously malleable man is send him back to Hyde Park before he inadvertently drags America into another economic meltdown or, worse, a nuclear meltdown in the Middle East.