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.

Friday, February 7, 2014

CVS to stop selling Tobacco Products

Several outlets carried this story.  I'll quote from CNN:
CVS Caremark announced Wednesday it will stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products at its CVS/pharmacy stores by October 1.

The retailer said the move makes CVS/pharmacy the first chain of national pharmacies to take tobacco products off the shelves.
President Obama praised this move, which brought some criticism from the right (and from some of my friends), but I don't think that criticism is warranted.  Let me explain.

Tobacco has no redeeming qualities.  After the first couple of uses, it does nothing for a human than relieve the withdrawal symptoms that come from nicotine addiction.  It is an addictive poison, and that's all it is.  Nobody should sell it.  CVS is acting as a conscientious capitalist company should by voluntarily ceasing to sell this poison to a clientele it cares about.  They're not saying, "We know what's best for you," but rather saying, "We can't live with selling this to people we care about.  It's wrong and we're going to stop doing it."

Some of my friends have argued that they should stop selling alcohol and candy, too.  Well, maybe, but both products might be argued to have some therapeutic value and in the case of candy, some nutritional value as quick energy.  That is, they may not be great for you, but they do have some redeeming qualities, so it's up to a responsible adult to make good decisions regarding those products.  Tobacco has absolutely no redeeming qualities, no therapeutic value and so it makes sense not to sell it if a retailer professes to care about its customers as more than sources of revenue.

I also think it's perfectly fine for a president I disagree with on almost everything to praise a positive move by a company.  I'm always happy to find common ground with ideological opponents.

What I really love about this story is that by voluntarily ceasing to sell this poison, CVS is demonstrating that under capitalism, responsible retailers will choose to do the right thing without government coercion.  I hope other retailers will follow suit.

White House press secretary Jay Carney volunteers you to support people who choose not to work

White House press secretary Jay Carney volunteered you (if you work) to support everyone who chooses not to work.  His comments came in response to the recent CBO report on the ACA (also called Obamacare).

Here's the Forbes article on the CBO report:  CBO: Obamacare Is A Tax On Work, May Cut Full-Time Workforce By 2.5 Million

A snippet of that article:
In its new budget outlook, CBO very clearly states that Obamacare amounts to an implicit tax on work and workers that will reduce employment by as much as 2.5 million jobs over the next ten years.

Here’s how the CBO arrives at its new conclusion:

As workers transition from part time work (without benefits) to full time work (with health benefits) many workers will actually lose income in the form of the subsidies that they will have to forgo (and the additional fact that lower wage workers, who are in lower tax brackets, won’t benefit as much from the implicit subsidy they will get from the special tax treatment of health benefits bought at work). CBO seems to focus mostly on people who are out of the labor force for a period of time and transitioning back to full time work, which suggest its estimates may be low.

CBO states, in reference to these impacts, that the “exchange subsidies effectively constitute a tax on labor supply for a broad range of workers.” CBO focuses mostly on those transitioning to full time work (with benefits). But the same disincentives apply to workers on Obamacare who are already employed full time, and looking to grow their income.

Translation? The old employer sponsored system forced people to stay in jobs they didn’t like because they needed the health insurance coverage. The new Obamacare system will force people to stay out of jobs they do want because they need to maximize their subsidies. And this is social progress?
I'd encourage you to go read the rest.

So, how does White House press secretary Jay Carney respond?
“Opportunity created by affordable, quality health insurance allows families in America to make a decision about how they will work, or if they will work.”
Carney approves of the idea that families in America can make a decision not to work.  Where would the money to support those families come from?  From you of course.  Surely the average family would have no trouble supporting 2-3 more families that choose not work, right?  Oh, wait.  I know I can barely support my own, let alone plan for retirement.  Carney, how about you don't volunteer me to support people who choose not to work?

Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer thinks Carney's Obamacare comment "Will Be Emblazoned on the Tombstone of Liberalism."  See his full comments here.  I'm not quite so optimistic, but I can hope he's right.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

President Obama says Abortion is the ultimate betrayal of God's Will

At the National Prayer Breakfast the President confidently declared,* "...for the killing of the innocent is never fulfilling God’s will; in fact, it’s the ultimate betrayal of God’s will."

So, surely he's talking about slaughtering millions of innocent, defenseless unborn humans every year.  Oh, wait.  He doesn't consider them human.  My bad.

*Note that the writer at the link was making a different but equally valid point.  It's worth a read if you have a moment.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Karl Marx explored

Having just posted on communism killing more than 100 million people, a friend alerted me to something I should listen to.  It was a post on Karl Marx. 

I won't reinvent the wheel on this one.  Visit Captain Capitalism's post and if you enjoy podcasts, take the time to listen to the one linked.  I did, and it made me understand how the theories behind communism arose from Karl Marx.  The short version is that he was a sick and twisted man who expected others to support him because he believed he was too important to work.  Communism now makes sense, doesn't it?  Now go read the post and listen to the podcast.