Saturday, October 3, 2015

Falling Murder Rates

The gun control crowd claims falling murder rates over the last couple of decades aren't caused by more guns, but improvements in trauma care making more murders into attempted murders.  This new paper of mine proves this is false.  Aggravated assault rates (which would include those attempted murders) are also way down.

When Psychologists Indulge Mental Illness

Channel 5 KFSM reports on a way who wanted to be blind and now is:
RALEIGH, N.C. — A North Carolina woman says she is happier than ever after fulfilling her lifelong wish of becoming blind.

Jewel Shuping, 30, has Body Integrity Identity Disorder, which is a condition where able-bodied people believe they are meant to be disabled, according to Barcroft TV.

Shuping said that her fascination with blindness began when she was about 6 years old.

“By the time I was 6 I remember that thinking about being blind made me feel comfortable,” she told Barcroft TV....

In 2006, Shuping found a psychologist who was willing to help her become blind. The psychologist began putting numbing drops in her eyes, followed by a couple of drops of drain cleaner.

“It hurt, let me tell you. My eyes were screaming and I had some drain cleaner going down my cheek burning my skin,” she told Barcroft TV. “But all I could think was ‘I am going blind, it is going to be okay.'”

It took about half a year for the damage to take effect....

“I really feel this is the way I was supposed to be born, that I should have been blind from birth,” Shuping said. “When there’s nobody around you who feels the same way, you start to think that you’re crazy. But I don’t think I’m crazy, I just have a disorder.”

Like being transgendered.  Why would a psychologist not lose his license to practice for this?

Friday, October 2, 2015

No Wonder NFL Players Are Lobbying For Gun Control

From Politico:
Add to the list of celebrities calling for an end to gun violence a group of football players calling for gun law reform.
Marshall Faulk, Michael Irvin, Deion Sanders, Emmitt Smith and LaDainian Tomlinson have teamed up with, part of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, for a video public service announcement.

 From CBS;
Some headlines need a little more explaining than what’s given. The above headline doesn’t fall into that category.

Mike Rosenberg of the Reuters tweeted out Thursday a momentous occasion: September was the first calendar month since 2009 that no active NFL player was arrested:

Are Tomatoes Fruits Or Vegetables?

In Nix  v. Hedden (1893) the Supreme Court ruled that tomatoes were vegetables, not fruits.  Good thing, or who knows how V8 would be marketed.  Somewhat more factually problematic is this decision from the Minnesota Court of Appeals ruling that BB guns are firearms.  From Sept. 28, 2015 Star-Tribune:
A small BB gun found in a felon’s car has been ruled a firearm by the Minnesota Court of Appeals, and its possession means more prison time for him.

Since 1977, the state’s two appellate courts have repeatedly agreed with the Legislature that a BB gun is a firearm when involved in various crimes, such as drive-by shootings.

As the result of a 2005 felony drug conviction, David Lee Haywood wasn’t supposed to have a handgun. The BB gun was found in his glove compartment during a traffic stop in 2013.

He was found guilty of a felony in Ramsey County District Court and received a mandatory minimum of five years in prison.

Now if he had threatened someone with it, there might be some argument for this, but it reminds of when I lived in California and I called our local police department to see if there was a legal problem, with firing a bow and arrow in my back yard.  They informed me that under California law, a bow and arrow is a firearm.  Don't know where they found that definition.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

I Guess HHS Isn't Buying the White House Assurances About the Iran Treaty


( - "The detonation of an improvised nuclear device would produce intense heat, resulting in many patients with severe burns," says a September 30 news release from the Department of Health and Human Services.

The announcement says HHS has contracted for the development of "four novel products to treat severe thermal burns."

The products will boost the number of treatment options in case of disaster, and they'll also be used in "routine" burn care situations.

The four treatments -- one commercially available right now and three in development -- "will be added to the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) or managed by vendors to help protect people from burn injuries resulting from radiological and nuclear threats," HHS said.
Remember when critics said 24 had jumped the shark with episode where terrorists nuke Los Angeles?

Another Mass Murder. And Targeted At The One Group The Left Connsiders Legit

From Oct. 1. 2015 New York Post:
A 26-year-old gunman singled out Christians for slaughter during a rampage at an Oregon community college Thursday, leaving at least 9 people dead and many more wounded, survivors and authorities said.

“The shooter was lining people up and asking if they were Christian,” tweeted “@bodhilooney,” who said her grandmother was inside the Umpqua Community College classroom that was the scene of the 10:40 a.m. carnage.
“If they said yes, then they were shot in the head. If they said no, or didn’t answer, they were shot in the legs.”

A gun-free zone of course.  There is some evidence the shooter was a Black Lives Matter supporter.

What a surprise:
Mercer’s California neighbors also spoke of his relationship with his mother, Laurel Harper. The two lived together in Torrance, California, and several of their neighbors interviewed by the Times said they were very close.

Julia Winstead recalled a day where Harper appealed to their neighbors to sign a petition to urge her landlord to exterminate their one-bedroom apartment for cockroaches.

“She said, ‘My son is dealing with some mental issues, and the roaches are really irritating him,’” Winstead said.

What Happens When We Elect A Fool

Russia is now leading the fight to save Western Civilization.  From October 1, 2015 Reuters:
Russian warplanes, in a second day of strikes, bombed a camp run by rebels trained by the CIA, the group's commander said, putting Moscow and Washington on opposing sides in a Middle East conflict for the first time since the Cold War.

The U.S. and Russian militaries were due to hold talks via video link to seek ways to keep their militaries apart as they wage parallel campaigns of air strikes in Syria, a U.S. defense official said.

Russian jets struck targets near the cities of Hama and Homs in western Syria on the second day of their air campaign.

Moscow said it had hit Islamic State positions, but the areas it struck are mostly held by a rival insurgent alliance, which unlike Islamic State is supported by U.S. allies including Arab states and Turkey.