A small sampling of the good stuff on the internet today

Victorian posy of pansiesIf you read one thing today, it’s this Ace of Spades post, in which Gabriel Malor spells out every incident in which the media tried, wrongly, to pin a shooting on the Tea Party.  Reading the list, you begin to realize what the problem is with mass shootings:  it’s not the guns, which are inanimate objects, it’s the Democrats who are using them.  This is perfectly analogous to car accidents, where it’s not the cars, which are inanimate objects, it’s the drunks driving them.  With both guns and cars, people handling them can make mistakes, but if there’s one particularly toxic class handling these objects, it’s Democrats with guns or drunks with cars.

Was Terry Loewen a psychopath who found Islam, or did Islam turn him into a psychopath?  Keep in mind what my cousin, a prison chaplain, said about prison conversions to Islam:

It is not a contradiction to be a Muslim and a murderer, even a mass murderer. That is one reason why criminals “convert” to Islam in prison. They don’t convert at all; they similarly [sic] remain the angry judgmental vicious beings they always have been. They simply add “religious” diatribes to their personal invective. Islam does not inspire a crisis of conscience, just inspirations to outrage.

Andrew McCarthy spells out precisely what kind of man Nelson Mandela was — and it’s not the type of man who should inspire hagiographies.  Still, no matter  his motives or the pressure put upon him by outside forces (such as the Zulu), he did preside over a remarkably bloodless transition from apartheid state to failing state.  OIf course, the nature of an African failed state is that we can expect the blood to flow with increasing force and frequency as the state continues its slide.

And while we’re on the subject of guns, Caped Crusader forwarded me an email that is making the rounds.  I can’t vouch for the number of dead, but I do know that it is true that the murder rate in a few Democrat-run, gun-controlled cities do, in fact, grossly skew America’s gun-death statistics:

Black deaths in America

ALSO:

The United States ranks 3rd in Murders throughout the World.

But if you take out Chicago , Detroit , Washington DC and New Orleans, the United States is 4th from the Bottom for Murders.

These 4 Cities also have the toughest Gun Control Laws in the United States.

All 4 are also controlled by Democrats.

It would be absurd to draw any conclusions from this data ………………. RIGHT….RIGHT?

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  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    It’d better be absurd. If it’s considered dangerous, watch the skies for a drone strike Near You.
     
    “he did preside over a remarkably bloodless transition from apartheid state to failing state. ”
     
    The same can be said for America under Barack. “Bloodless” is relative.
     
     

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    Btw, that Andrew McCarthy link is in some kind of crypto format. Unworkable even when broken down into code.
     
    The rest of the looks work fine.

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  • Gringo

    The United States ranks 3rd in Murders throughout the World.
    But if you take out Chicago , Detroit , Washington DC and New Orleans, the United States is 4th from the Bottom for Murders.
     
    Not quite.  Not at all. By UNDOC stats for 2011, taken from Wiki, the US ranks 20th from the top  by number of murders, and 103rd from the top by murder rate. 
     
    Yes, the murders in certain cities or within certain racial groups do skew the statistics. However, the combined populations of Chicago, Detroit, Washington DC and New  Orleans are about 4.4 million, which comprises a little less than one and a half percent of the population of  the US. Which should tell anyone with minimum grasp of math that these four cities CANNOT change the US murder rate by that much- certainly not from “3rd from top” to “4th from bottom” worldwide.
     
    US Murder rate 4.7/100,000
    Four Cities: 26.5/100000
    US without those Four Cities: 4.4/100,000
     
    While agree with the  point about the futility of gun control to deter murder [And I am a person who doesn't like guns, as a childhood friend was killed in a gun accident by his older brother.]- I would appreciate their using correct statistics.
     
     
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_rate
     
    http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/crime-in-the-u.s/2012/crime-in-the-u.s.-2012

    • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

      Europeans like to say that 95% of the American population lives in cities.
       
      So if you count up all the cities, what do you get instead?