Monday, March 30, 2009

More News on the State Sovereignty Fight

"There's an old joke in South Carolina: Confederate President Jefferson Davis may have surrendered at the Burt-Stark mansion in Abbeville, S.C., in 1865, but the people of state Rep. Michael Pitts's district never did. With revolutionary die-hards behind him, Mr. Pitts has fired a warning shot across the bow of the Washington establishment. As the writer of one of 28 state "sovereignty bills" – one even calls for outright dissolution of the Union if Washington doesn't rein itself in – Pitts is at the forefront of a states' rights revival, reasserting their say on everything from stem cell research to the Second Amendment." [link]

Gotta keep up the push for the federal government to start respecting what powers were granted it by the people. Anything else is a power grab that is unconstitutional and illegal.

On a side note, Kentucky "legislatures" allowed the bill to languish in committee and did not allow it to see the floor for a vote. Their session is over for this year, so you might as well say it failed via "procedure".

More Keyboard and Monitor Ruiners

For some reason these always make me laugh. Even though they should in reality be making me cry and storm about in a rage. But oh well, some humor is definitely needed at times.

"Geithner: Government is the Answer to Solve Financial Crisis" [link] Yeah, yeah, we know. The government is the answer to all of life's ills.

"Obama to Dole More Government Aid to GM, Chrysler" [link] Is it me, or haven't we done this already?

"Obama to Sign Lands Bill Before 5 Days of Comment" [link] Surprise, surprise another lie. And an absolutely hilarious quote from the same story: "In most cases, we have posted legislation with five days' notice."

"Al Gore Leaves The Light On For Ya (Gore Residence Lit Up For "Earth Hour")" [link]

"U.N. 'Climate Change' Plan Would Likely Shift Trillions to Form New World Economy" [link]

Well, that's about all the laughs I can handle for a little bit. I hope all of you enjoy these headlines and the links to the stories. And remember, this is actual news not parody.

Guns Safer Than Skiing or Riding a Bike if My Faulty Math Were Correct

Okay, I admit it, I made a horrible mistake. However I will leave it intact for the world to see. Unlike some people, I will accept full responsibility for my honest mistake and not try and shift the blame elsewhere. The correct math would be 142 firearms death per million. So skiing and riding a bike are still safer so to speak. Anyone know of a study that takes into account firearm deaths without the criminal element added. Because we all know a criminal by definition will not follow the laws anyway. If anyone would still like a stat that is in line with firearms how about, from 1990-2004 vehicle fatalities never fell below 145 per million! So guns are still safer than cars. [link] **Also, my sincerest apologies to Mr. Codrea for having him link to an erroneous post. I hope he will accept my sincerest apologies.**

From time to time you hear things so many times that it becomes ingrained. Regardless of whether or not there is any truth to it at all. This is always a favorite tactic employed by politicians. Reach enough people with the same message long enough and they will start to believe it. But even more sinister than getting people to believe something is when facts are employed but twisted within their framework so as to still remain true, but look completely different.

Where am I going with this? Bear with me just a moment longer and let me show some statistics of injuries and deaths in some common recreational activities:

"...skiing had a death rate of 2.1 fatalities per million participants, compared to swimming with 26 per million, bicycling with 12 per million and soccer with 6 fatalities per million."

Now let's look at these numbers:

"...according to a study published April 17, 1998 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the International Journal of Epidemiology. The U.S. was first at 14.24 gun deaths per 100,000 people. Two other countries in the Americas came next. Brazil was second with 12.95, followed by Mexico with 12.69." [link]

Now, did anyone else catch that. The first example used deaths per million, but when we start talking about "evil" guns we change to deaths per 100K. Why would that be? Maybe because if we looked at deaths per million with guns the U.S. would only be 1.42 deaths per million! Which would make firearms, even in the hands of criminals much safer than skiing, cycling, swimming, and commercial aviation! Where is the outrage to start banning these deadly sports?

It should also be noted that the CDC study included all gun deaths whether accidental, negligent, or criminal activity. Wonder what the numbers would be on gun deaths if the criminal aspect was removed. How much safer would shooting be than some of these other "safer" sports?

Quote for the Day

"Rightful Liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add "within the law" because the law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual." -- Thomas Jefferson