Friday, July 20, 2012

56 Murders Today -- 12 More than Normal

So with the media giddy with excitement about another mass murder at Newtown, I thought I'd focus on the less visible, but much larger massacre that happens every day in the U.S.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Kids that are twice more short than their parents

Hopefully that title makes you cringe. If I tell you that Bobby Jr. has two times less height than his dad, what does that mean? 

Let's suppose young Bobby Jr. is three feet tall and Bobby Sr. is six feet. Does that make Junior 2x shorter?  200% shorter? If he grows 2 times more will he be 6' or 9'?

So what am I complaining about today?

Friday, April 27, 2012

Heartiste infects HBO

The blogger Heartiste posts mostly about male "game" -- how men can improve their success with women -- but with a philosophical sophistication that also ties in culture, society, morality and economics. His writing is crisp, incisive and vivid, ranking him with other acid-tipped truth-tellers like Christopher Hitchens or even Tom Paine but with his own particular brand of hedonism bordering on nihilism.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

George Zimmerman is Black

According to information uncovered by Reuters, we now know that George Zimmerman is a black man. His great-grandfather was "Afro-Peruvian" so applying the 1/8th rule used by the U.S. government in it's racial preference programs as well as by our nation's most prestigious universities for their admission and housing policies, Zimmerman counts as black for the purposes of the racial quota squads.

Simply amazing.

From Reuters:
He was raised in a racially integrated household and himself has black roots through an Afro-Peruvian great-grandfather - the father of the maternal grandmother who helped raise him.
So this racial morality play has taken yet another amazing turn. I guess this explains why this out-of-control witch of a prosecutor, Angela Corey, is so keen on nailing Zimmerman even if that means engaging in dishonest and unethical behavior -- she seems to have it out for young minorities like George Zimmerman.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Obama, admitted dog-eater

Obama contemplates choking and eating his dog
Well, it's come to this -- the doggie wars.  I suppose when you've racked up $5 trillion dollars in debt in less than four years and mired the country in possibly the worst economy recovery in history, a news story recalling your own description of how you ate dog meat with your step dad based on his belief that "a man took on the powers of whatever he ate" counts as welcome relief.

So I wonder what Obama's done with his dog powers?

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Two Versions of Trayvon vs.Zimmerman

As reported by the media...
Trayvon, the sweet, bright child seen on the left was walking around near his daddy's house with some Skittles when he was hunted down, shot and killed by white supremacist, Zimmerman who was screaming "die you fucking coon" while the unarmed boy, who was an unarmed minor child, screamed for help. The police didn't arrest Zimmerman and didn't even take his gun because Zimmerman said "Hey man, self defense.  Stand your ground, bitch."

Trayvon Martin
George Zimmerman

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Red State's Leon H. Wolf claims he's not a Racist

So Leon H. Wolf at Red State has treated his readers to an especially insidious form of racism. I suppose that's what I'd expect from Mr. Wolf, but I thought his response to charges of racism was interesting:
up until 2 years ago I attended a black church
Sorry, Leon, but that doesn't cut it. Indeed, you seem to have internalized Derbyshire's advice (make black friends) for dispelling charges of racism with an interesting enhancement (black church), but the bottom line is that if you hold racist views then a black friend or attending a black church doesn't absolve you.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

"high-profile climate scientists (such as Gleick)"

What a nasty, vain little creature this Peter Gleick and how pleasing to see him exposed. Now that we know that he created an obvious hoax, reading his work of art, the Gleick "Strategy Document" provides a delicious view into the mind of a small-minded activist who fancies himself a climate scientist.

Here are some telling bits:

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Why Santorum is More Electable than Romney

As a long-time Romney guy this has been painful to admit, but I really think Santorum is the more electable candidate.  From the Five-Thirty-Eight blog (which provides very valuable commentary despite being hosted by the generally fascist NYT):
I argue that one such small factor that could work against Mr. Romney — and possibly in favor of Mr. Santorum — is the Electoral College. A Republican candidate who does poorly with working-class white voters has an extremely tough electoral map because those voters tend to be concentrated in swing states, especially in the Midwest

Friday, February 10, 2012

What I Admire About Paul Krugman

From Bloomberg:  Paul Krugman vs. the World
The great Autistian School economist at Marginal Revolution linked to the following Businessweek article detailing how Krugman has managed to entangle a number of esteemed economists into his nasty little personal spats BUT he asked commentors to be nice.

Here are nicest words I could think of for the Krugman:

Krugman is a skilled political propagandist par excellence who has been extremely effective at discrediting the aspects of the last 30 years of work in macroeconomics that would otherwise question some of the assumptions built into his political ideology.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Un-Scientific American (How Bad Standards Lead to Good Outcomes)

My sloppy journalist of the month award goes to Anna Kuchment at Scientific American for parroting a bizarrely twisted report evaluating state science standards published by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, an education policy think thank that I've never heard of.

What jumped out of this chart was that the Dakotas got F's while California got A's.  Now that's odd, because I seemed to remember that North Dakota scored near the top when in comes to educational OUTCOMES.

So naturally, I spent 2 minutes doing the background research that Scientific American didn't feel was required and it turns out that indeed the very best NAEP outcomes do indeed come from the states with horrible science standards, as reported by Sci Am:

NAEP Rank State Standards Grade
1st Montana F
2nd North Dakota F
3rd South Dakota F
4th Massachusetts A-
5th New Hampshire D

(my own charts of outcomes vs. standards below the fold)