I believe the second one explains the first one.
How this ever made it to print
Fed up with crime, some armed Detroiters have developed itchy trigger-fingers — and Police Chief James Craig said lawbreakers are getting the message.
The incident was the latest in a string of homeowners opening fire to defend themselves, although after a flurry of such shootings early this year, before Monday there hadn’t been a reported incident since May 4 — an indication that criminals are thinking twice about breaking into people’s houses, Craig said.
Detroit has experienced 37 percent fewer robberies in 2014 than during the same period last year, 22 percent fewer break-ins of businesses and homes, and 30 percent fewer carjackings. Craig attributed the drop to better police work and criminals being reluctant to prey on citizens who may be carrying guns.
“Criminals are getting the message that good Detroiters are armed and will use that weapon,” said Craig, who has repeatedly said he believes armed citizens deter crime. “I don’t want to take away from the good work our investigators are doing, but I think part of the drop in crime, and robberies in particular, is because criminals are thinking twice that citizens could be armed.
“I can’t say what specific percentage is caused by this, but there’s no question in my mind it has had an effect,” Craig said.
Quick! Nobody tell the Moms Demanding Attention!
A couple polls came out recently each showing that 40 or more percent of the Millennial Generation have a favorable view of socialism. Numerous bloggers and wonks took this info to mean that they had been brainwashed to believe that socialism was good.
Ends up that it was much more sinister than that:
Not only have they been taught that socialism is good, they have been been purposely shown a misrepresentation of what socialism is.
Recent polls have suggested that millennials are far more positive to socialism than older cohorts. For instance, the Pew Research Center found that 43 percent of 18-29 year olds had a positive reaction to the word socialism, compared to 33 percent of 30-49 year olds, 23 percent of 50-64 year olds, and 14% of 65+. The older you get the more you hate socialism.
But do young people even know what socialism means?
Perhaps not. A new Reason-Rupe report on millennials finds that young people are more favorable to the word “socialism” than a government-managed economy, even though the latter is lessinterventionist. Millennials don’t like government intervention in the economy when you spell it out precisely, rather than use vague terms like “socialism.”
In fact, a 2010 CBS/New York Times survey found that when Americans were asked to use their own words to define the word “socialism” millennials were the least able to do so. According to the survey, only 16 percent of millennials could define socialism as government ownership, or some variation thereof. In contrast, 30 percent of Americans over 30 could do the same (and 57% of tea partiers, incidentally).
You know the Tea Partiers. They’re the folks the media portrays as being “stupid”, in contrast to Millenials who are told they are the smartest generation ever!
By the way, from the first quoted paragraph, the reason you dislike socialism more as you get older is that, as you get older you tend to increase the number of gray hairs and aches and pains and also acquire a severe allergy to bullshit. Doctors haven’t been able to figure out why this is. Which is why we have philosphers.
Anything is possible!
In the spring of 2012, Spenser Johnson, a junior at Highland Park High School in Topeka, Kansas, was unpacking his acoustic bass before orchestra practice when a sign caught his eye. “Do you want to make money?” it asked.
The poster encouraged the predominantly poor students at Highland Park to enroll in a new, yearlong course that would provide lessons in basic economic principles and practical instruction on starting a business. Students would receive generous financial incentives including startup capital and scholarships after graduation. The course would begin that fall. Johnson eagerly signed up.
In some ways, the class looked like a typical high school business course, taught in a Highland Park classroom by a Highland Park teacher. But it was actually run by Youth Entrepreneurs, a nonprofit group created and funded primarily by Charles G. Koch, the billionaire chairman of Koch Industries.
The official mission of Youth Entrepreneurs is to provide kids with “business and entrepreneurial education and experiences that help them prosper and become contributing members of society.” The underlying goal of the program, however, is to impart Koch’s radical free-market ideology to teenagers. In the last school year, the class reached more than 1,000 students across Kansas and Missouri.
Lesson plans and class materials obtained by The Huffington Post make the course’s message clear: The minimum wage hurts workers and slows economic growth. Low taxes and less regulation allow people to prosper. Public assistance harms the poor. Government, in short, is the enemy of liberty.
These are all things that the students would learn within the first year or so of being the owners of a small business. The program is just lettign them know of them ahead of time.
Also, I seriously doubt that the “lesson plans and class materials” actually say these self-evident truths explicitly. But I do not doubt one iota that they do talk about regulations and small business taxes, which anyone who writes for the HuffPo would probably equate to saying the government is the enemy of liberty.
Cali did it. Other will follow in short order.
A federal judge has ruled that California’s death penalty system is unconstitutional.
U.S. District Judge Cormac J. Carney handed down an order Wednesday, finding that the system is arbitrary and in violation of the Constitution’s 8th Amendment.
“California’s death penalty system is so plagued by inordinate and unpredictable delay that the death sentence is actually carried out against only a trivial few of those sentenced to death,” Carney writes. “For all practical purposes then, a sentence of death in California is a sentence of life imprisonment with the remote possibility of death — a sentence no rational legislature or jury could ever impose.”
The left completed the Cloward-Piven strategy and found a judge who couldn’t see that that was the plan.
Faith in the World meter moves in the right direction
In 1971, I stepped on a land mine in Vietnam and lost both legs above the knee.
For the past two years, I have been waiting to receive a new wheelchair from the Veterans Administration. In addition, I have been told that I am not entitled to a spare wheelchair.
On the evening of July 7, my wheelchair fell apart again, while shopping at Lowe’s Home Improvement Center in on Forest Avenue in Mariners Harbor.
Three employees, David, Marcus, and Souleyman jumped to my assistance immediately. They placed me in another chair while they went to work.
They took the wheelchair apart and replaced the broken parts and told me, “We’re going to make this chair like new.”
I left 45 minutes after closing hours in my wheelchair that was like new.
The difference between the public sector and the private sector is that you are far more likely to find someone who gives a shit in the private sector.
I never liked the orange guys commercials anyway. They always slide into the male in the commercial is either wrong and/or idiot trope. After the third one debuted last fall, I stopped going to their store and made repeated trips across the street to the blue guys.
So they do what works best for them: Astroturf
The internal war among Democrats over education policy escalated another notch this weekend at the annual convention of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) union in Los Angeles. Delegates savaged the “education reform” agenda as a corporate-led threat to “everything we hold dear.” And three high-profile party stalwarts announced the formation of Democrats for Public Education, to contest the reform agenda with a public-centered alternative. We’re likely to see proxy fights between these opposing forces for years to come.
They don’t care about what parents or students or even society as a whole want. They care about the money from the unions.
And their grip on power
It’s a “government-commissioned study” fercrissakes!
People who claim to worry about climate change use more electricity than those who do not, a Government study has found.
Those who say they are concerned about the prospect of climate change consume more energy than those who say it is “too far into the future to worry about,” the study commissioned by the Department for Energy and Climate Change found.
They attempt to boil it down an age-bracket thing, but even then, there is a slight trend towards members of the Global Warming Death Cult using more power than people who trust the science that says there has been no measurable warming in 17 years.
As I have always said: If you want everyone to live as though we’re in the Bronze Age, you first bucky.
Busy weekend after a busy first week back to school. I’ve been spending my days in “The TIG Room” at school learning how to use high frequency voltage to weld small pieces of sheet metal together by pressing down on a pedal with my left foot, holding the “torch” in my right hand steady while moving my left hand side-to-side with the filler rod.
Not the best time I’ve ever had. After all the big sweeping movements of MIG, Flux Core and Arc/Stick welding before this, it makes it difficult to slow back down and control the movement of your hands to within 1/32″.
Anyway, after school, I do MY projects.
My current one (click to enlarge)
This is before I placed the centerpiece and put on the coats of clear gloss. It is now only waiting for its plexi-top.
The foot is a brake disk from a 1/2-ton van and the leg is one of the cams from the Ford DOHC four-banger whose name is escaping me (I think it’s a 2-liter). Standard t-case chain surround and planetary gear center (so it rotates).
Taking a tip from the previous comments, I’m trying to include more “stuff” and fewer nuts and bolts. Lots of gears (timing and transmission), a timing belt tensioner pully and a couple of FabShop skills test (gone wrong and right) items. Most noticeable is the big fookin wrench. It says “Coho – San Francisco” and is 1-3/4″ on one end and 2″ on the other. Not really sure what it is from or for, but I found it at a garage sale.
I made a GMail account for Kadath Heavy Industries yesterday and have ordered new business cards with the address on there. It’s the name of the company (all one word) at the mentioned email company. If you or someone you know is interested in this table, or something of this nature, or any other metal design/fabrication/repair, have them contact me there.
Robert Redford is going to play Dan Rather and Cate Blanchett is going to play Mary Mapes.
No word on who will be playing GWB, but five will get you ten that it’ll likely be someone who hates the guy and who’ll play him out to be a minor variation of Major T.J. Kong.