Saturday, October 25, 2014

Food Deserts are a Lie

I was watching a program on Hulu and one of the ads was for an organization seeking to end food deserts.  I was shocked.  We've known food deserts were a myth (at the most charitable), or perhaps a deliberate fabrication.  This was reported on in 2012 by a paper no one can call a Right wing rag:  The New York Times.  Here's that article:  Studies Question the Pairing of Food Deserts and Obesity

That's a very kind and understated title given the actual findings of the studies.
"...two new studies have found something unexpected. [Poor urban neighborhoods, called 'Food Deserts'] not only have more fast food restaurants and convenience stores than more affluent ones, but more grocery stores, supermarkets and full-service restaurants, too. And there is no relationship between the type of food being sold in a neighborhood and obesity among its children and adolescents.

"Within a couple of miles of almost any urban neighborhood, 'you can get basically any type of food,' said Roland Sturm of the RAND Corporation, lead author of one of the studies. 'Maybe we should call it a food swamp rather than a desert,' he said."
There's great food available in poor urban neighborhoods.  That means if we'd like to help with childhood obesity, we should be teaching poor urban parents about healthy choices and preparing the fresh, healthy food that is abundantly available to them.  Both of those goals are admirable, and not a function of government.


Friday, September 5, 2014

Corporate Deserters

Burger King's acquisition of Canadian company Tim Hortons with plans to move corporate headquarters to Canada has spurred discussion recently.  Others have commented and commented well on this, so I'll add just a few thoughts.

There's a tangible reason companies are doing this.  Canada's corporate tax rate is very competitive, approximately 15%.  America's corporate tax rate is 35%.  Obama's solution, as a proper disciple of Saul Alinsky, is name-calling, because it works so well.  He says they're corporate deserters who want to avoid paying their fair share.  For more on the "fair share" tripe, here's a previous post.

I'll digress briefly on corporate taxes, because they're a silly concept.  Any tax levied against a corporation is paid by you.  Companies factor the cost of taxes into the price of the products they provide to you.  As all companies pay them, all companies must do this, so the price of anything you buy whether it's a good or service costs more.  The anti-corporate/anti-business attitude that spurs sky-high corporate taxes is propped up by the ill-informed who don't realize they're supporting a hidden tax on themselves.

Name calling really isn't a great solution, since it's ineffective.  "Corporate deserter," that sounds terrible until you consider it as though you were in that situation.  What if you could increase your income by 20% by moving to a new state?  Nothing else in your life would change except your new neighbors would be smart enough to (1) not hate you for being successful and (2) not call you names for choosing to keep more of what you've worked hard to earn.  You'd move, I'd move and we'd do it today.

There is no patriotic duty to endure undeserved abuse at the hands of your government.  There is no patriotic duty to watch your government squander what you've poured life, sweat and effort into when you can prevent them from doing so.  It is not "deserting" to flee such abuse.

Instead of name-calling, perhaps Mr. Obama should consider urging congress to make our corporate tax rate competitive instead of punitive. 

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Hamas vs. the IDF

This is propaganda.  It's also true.


Saturday, May 10, 2014

The way it really works


Kids, that's the way it really works.  There aren't enough rich people to fund all the government programs, so really anything you get comes from somebody else working hard.  If you're on government assistance and aren't desperately looking for work to support yourself, you're stealing from a hard-working family that will have to make do with less because of you.

For my many, many fans who have noticed I'm not posting as much, that's true.  I have less urge to share my thoughts and more urge to intake information.  There are people doing this stuff better than I do anyway.  Want a new one to read?  Try Captain Capitalism.  He's a fantastic and frustrated very intelligent fellow with a lot of brilliance to share.  Here's an example to get you reading:  There's No Such Thing as Greed, Only Theft  Hat tip to Mark who reads Cappers regularly.  It even goes nicely with the above pictext.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

A Venn diagram


The diagram sums it all up well.  The media seems to be recognizing some of this now, though it's a bit late to do us much good.  Many of us have recognized what this diagram indicates for some time.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Tyranny Sincerely Exercised for the Good of Its Victims

“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience."
 - C.S. Lewis, God in the Dock: Essays on Theology (Making of Modern Theology)

Thursday, March 6, 2014

The Global Warming Lie Exposed (again)

The blog Armed and Dangerous had a great post today that's worth a read.  It's titled:  Causes and implications of the pause

Go and have a read.  From A&D:  
[Causes and implications of the pause]  That is the title of a paper attempting to explain (away) the 17-year nothing that happened while CAGW models were predicting warming driven by increasing CO2. CO2 increased. Measured GAT did not.

Here’s the money quote: “The most recent climate model simulations used in the AR5 indicate that the warming stagnation since 1998 is no longer consistent with model projections even at the 2% confidence level.”

That is an establishment climatologist’s cautious scientist-speak for “The IPCC’s anthropogenic-global-warming models are fatally broken. Kaput. Busted.”
For most children in school in the US, global warming has been taught as a scientific fact.  And yet, the earth has not warmed during their entire educational career.   Now, in most of science if your models don't match reality 95% of the time, you don't just have to adjust your models a bit, rename your theory from "warming" to "change" and say you're still right.  In most of science, if your predictions are that far off even using bad data skewed in your favor, your theory gets trashed.  Congratulations, it's time for a new field of research because you were wrong.

Yet the anthropogenic theory of global warming (I don't even need the "anthropogenic" qualifier now--the globe is not presently warming) keeps rising like something from a bad zombie movie.  Part of it is the politics.  A lot of politicians have invested a lot of political capital in this movement and have used it as the support and delivery method for global socialism. 

That doesn't explain the continued survival of this broken theory however.  For the average believer, this is a religious movement.  Having "moved beyond" traditional religion, these people still need something to hang onto.  They're like the late Harold Camping's followers.  Continually proven wrong, they "discover" an error in the basis for their predictions and move the date of the apocalypse.  Most of society and the media rightfully scorned and mocked Harold Camping's consistently wrong prognostication.  Now it's time for them to do the same to the anthropogenic theory of global warming.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

If you "Think Different" Apple doesn't want your money

I'm not a fan of Apple because I think they're making an inferior product and selling it based on the company they used to be.  They used to be innovative.  They used to "Think Different."  Now they just used media hype and user ignorance to sell inferior merchandise. 

Recently, the Apple CEO guaranteed I'll never buy their products or invest in their company.  Here's the headline from MSNBC:  Apple CEO tells climate change deniers to sell their Apple shares

What he said was phrased more artfully than that, but that's what it means.  Here's the exchange:
“As shareholders, we object to increased government control over company products and operations, and likewise mandatory environmental standards,” said NCPPR attorney Justin Danhof in a statement [PDF]. “This is something the company should be actively fighting, not preparing surrender.”

The suggestion made Cook “quite angry,” according to a reporter present at the meeting.

“When we work on making our devices accessible by the blind, I don’t consider the bloody ROI [return on investment],” said Cook. According to Mac Observer, Cook added that the same thing applies to the company’s sustainability policy. He concluded, “If you want me to do things only for ROI reasons, you should get out of this stock.”
It is especially egregious for a company that touted the slogan "Think Different" for years to say, "If you don't think our way, you're not welcome."  I've come to expect such closed-mindedness out of the Progressive movement, but I won't tolerate it in a company voluntarily supported by customers.  You shouldn't either.  If you have Apple stock, sell it.  At the time I'm writing this, it's not doing so well anyway.  Go support a company that actually does care about you as their investor even if you don't agree with their political ideology.

If you have purchased Apple products in the past, try an Android phone.  Yes, there's a bit of adjustment.  Having played with both, I much prefer Android.  The bonus is that at least for now Android phone manufacturers are producing much superior phones.  Apple shows no real urgency to catch up, though.  They're counting on you to be too dumb to do your hardware research.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

The Armed Citizen

When an altercation between a man and a woman escalated at Shoop's Bar, the man was escorted out. As the troublemaker was being escorted out of the building by the bar's bouncer, he turned and drew a pistol. He began firing inside the main area of the bar striking the woman, as well as two others. Aaron Childers, 25, the bar's bouncer, acted quickly, drawing his own gun and returning fire, killing the shooter. It was reported that the three injured individuals did not sustain life-threatening wounds and are expected to recover. (The Herald-Dispatch, Huntington, WV, 12/14/2013)

Four people had been joking around, setting up Christmas trees in a lot when they were approached by a man they did not know. The 29-year-old stranger grew agitated and seemed to think they were laughing at him. They assured the man that they were not and apologized. He then left the area, but
returned a short time later. He pulled out a knife and advanced toward the group. One man drew his handgun and warned him to stop while another individual called police. Officers arrived and were able to subdue the man with the knife. He was believed to have been under the influence of narcotics at the time of the incident. (Elko Daily Free Press, Elko, NV, 12/03/2013)

Two men arranged to meet one another about a Craigslist ad for a motorcycle. When they met, the man who posted the ad pulled out a gun and pointed it at the buyer, who was with his daughter and father. The buyer pulled out his own pistol and fired at the armed suspect causing him to flee. The family called police and reported the incident. Officers located the suspect and he was treated for his gunshot wounds. Inves­tigators reportedly found ski masks and batons in the suspect's car. He had been previously convicted of various crimes including arson, theft and aggravated robbery. (Dallas News, Dallas, TX, 12/03/2013)

Bill Canada, owner of Meadow's Pharmacy, had just opened the drug store moments before an armed man wearing a mask entered and demanded money. Canada backed away from the robber, but the robber advanced toward him. Canada pulled out his gun and fired a single shot. The suspect's wounds proved fatal. Canada was not injured during the robbery. (Pine Bluff Commercial, Dumas, AR, 10/19/2013)

Everton Mosby, 24, was approached by two men outside of his home . around 2 AM They forced Mosby inside the home where they beat him. During the assault, Mosby was able to pull out his concealed firearm. He fired at his attackers, striking both of them. One suspect was pronounced dead at the scene. The second assailant was treated for a gunshot wound to the knee before being placed under arrest. It was reported that the surviving suspect had been previously convicted of charges includ­ing breaking and entering, theft, criminal damaging and felonious assault. (The Plain Dealer, Cleveland, OH, 12/18/2013)

Colby Patout and Debra Richard were witness to a vicious dog attack. "They were mauling this guy's leg," Patout said. The man was cycling when two dogs attacked, biting his legs and eventually pulling him off his bike. Patout and Richard rushed to help the man. Richard blocked traffic with her vehicle and Patout grabbed his gun. Patout tried to help the man, who was already seriously injured and bleeding excessively, but was forced to fire at one of the dogs, killing it. Patout said, "I knew this guy needed his life saved at this point. I would want you to stop and do the same for me." Animal Control officials arrived a short time later and retrieved the second dog. Patout said, "This is what our firearms and the United States is all about. [It is about] saving lives." (KATC.com, Lafayette, LA, 12/23/2013)

Matt Dosser was walking by a neighborhood market around 9:30 PM when he witnessed two men pounding on the window, trying to get in. The owner of the market, Mohamed Ahmed, was inside screaming for help. Dosser said, "At first, nothing made sense, then I saw the gun." Dosser realized that the two men had attempted to rob the market, but somehow got locked out when Ahmed fought back. Eager to help Ahmed, who was trapped inside and bleeding from the head, Dosser pulled out his concealed firearm. When the suspects saw Dosser's firearm, they fled the scene. Ahmed had been hit in the head with one of the suspect's pistols. After a few surgical staples, Ahmed was expected to recover from his injury. Dosser was unharmed during the attempted robbery. (Minneapolis Star Tribune, Minneapolis, MN, 12/19/2013)

Want even more stories? Visit The Armed Citizen blog.

Other accounts of self-defense collected on this blog:
Shopkeeper Defends Himself and Employees,
2nd Amendment Saves a Pregnant Woman,
Armed Student Saves 10 People,
2nd Amendment vs. a Serial Rapist,
Crime Spree Stopped with the Simple Presentation of a Firearm.

Failures of Gun Control:
UK Government under reports gun violence to pretend their policies work
Scotland holds a Summit on their Failed Gun Policies, Chicago's gun ban continues to fail
Real Women's Rights (This one includes one of my favorite personal accounts)
Opposition to CA AB 2062
Knife Control?!
Protecting Children through Gun Control?
Futility of the Gun Banning Philosophy
A Contrast to VA Tech

Thoughts just prior to the release of DC v. Heller, with one of the best appellate court quotations ever.

Thoughts on publicized shootings: Shootings early in 2009, Alabama Shootings, Finland School Shooting. Remember: The only proven method to mitigate the disaster of a rogue criminal shooter is to have more first responders, e.g. CCW permit holders lawfully armed and on scene. These criminals do not respect "gun free" zones, but simply view them as target-rich opposition-free areas in which to slaughter innocents.

Carrying a firearm is an inherently civilized act.

Right to Carry Statistics.

Does Violence Beget Violence?

Saturday, February 8, 2014

95% of Climate Models Agree: The Observations Must be Wrong

This isn't my post.  It's a link for those of my readers interested in Global Warming.  The post is great:

95% of Climate Models Agree: The Observations Must be Wrong

Go read it.  A bit to whet your appetite:
I’m seeing a lot of wrangling over the recent (15+ year) pause in global average warming…when did it start, is it a full pause, shouldn't we be taking the longer view, etc.

These are all interesting exercises, but they miss the most important point: the climate models that governments base policy decisions on have failed miserably.
Now go read it.

Here's the scientific truth:  If your models do not match real world observations, your models are wrong.  Period.  Science is in the business of discovering how the real world actually works, not making up lies to support political ideology.