Saturday, December 7, 2013

Food fight,

I once started a food fight in a high school cafeteria. All it took was a Hunt's Snack Pack chocolate pudding cup and a plastic spoon. I used the spoon as a catapult to launch a dollop of the pudding toward the general direction of whoever was sitting at the whichever table I aimed the dollop toward.  Then I recall sneaking away as the volleys of counterattacks and counter-counterattacks flew back and forth and lunch ladies intervened and classmates were rounded up for  violations of the student conduct code.

And long after I walk away from this place, I'd like to think maybe I helped start or at least helped fuel some of the conflict between the left and the right and better yet between the right and the even further right.

Only in a heated disagreement do most people say what they really think.  Make that happen on purpose and then listen and learn.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Found in an abandoned storage unit. Japanese War Drum

I happened to come into possession of this thing recently. I believe it is a traditional Japanese War Drum that was customized with the addition of exquisitely detailed dragons and the Samurai symbol.  Out there is someone who would really like to have this. If they give me $1,000,000 for it I will donate it to stopping the disaster at Fukushima from destroying the planet.       

Update: 05/02/2014

It isn't a Japanese war drum .  It is a Korean Yong Go drum.  like this one.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

On the Run

My daughter is one of the dancers in this number. It placed first overall at the VIP Dance Competition in Toledo Ohio in April 2013.  If you are not familiar with amateur dance at the very highest level, this is a great example.

On The Run. 

Thursday, May 2, 2013

A Tale of Two Explosions..

Two stories about bombs, one had the explosive capacity equivalent to Peter Brady's vinegar and baking soda volcano bomb that made a mess in the kitchen on The Brady Bunch. The other bomb packed more power than any non-nuclear bomb in the USA military arsenal.  The small bomb hurt no one and caused no damage.  The large bomb killed fourteen firemen and destroyed a good chunk of an entire city in Texas. One of the bombs led to an arrest of the person responsible.  The other led to shrugs of "Oh well, accidents happen.."  

16-Year Old Florida honour Student Charged With Two Felonies For Doing A Science Experiment

Kiera Wilmot was a typical 16-year-old honour student at Bartow Senior High School. She’s never been in trouble, has a reputation for being nice to everyone, gets straight As, and loves science.
What’s not typical is what went down after one of these “science experiments” went all so slightly wrong on school grounds.
At 7 am on Monday April 30, Wilmot and a yet-to-be-named friend mixed aluminium foil and toilet bowl cleaner in a small water bottle, and after about 30 seconds, the reaction created pressure inside the bottle, blowing the cap off with a pop that according to witnesses sounded like firecrackers going off...
No one was hurt by the “explosion,” but later that day Wilmot was handcuffed, arrested, and expelled from school. According to the police report, she has been charged with two felonies: “possession/discharge of a weapon on school grounds” and “discharging a destructive device.”..
She was also expelled for violating the school’s conduct code, which requires immediate expulsion for any “student in possession of a bomb (or) explosive device… while at a school (or) a school-sponsored activity… unless the material or device is being used as part of a legitimate school-related activity or science project conducted under the supervision of an instructor.”

And then this..

Officials: 14 Dead, 200 Injured in West, Texas Explosion

The number of people killed in a massive explosion at a fertilizer plant near Waco Texas still remains unknown. Law enforcement continues to search damaged homes and apartments for survivors. 
Waco Police Sergeant William Patrick Swanton spoke for the City of West early Thursday morning. "There was quite a bit of devastation," Swanton said of the blast radius surrounding the fertilizer plant. According to the Waco Police Department, homes are still being evacuated and there are firefighters still unaccounted for.
The explosion was caused by a fire at the plant yesterday evening. It occurred as firefighters were evacuating people from their homes—including some elderly residents at a nursing home. The blast gutted homes, along with a 50-unit apartment complex. The plant’s blast registered a 2.1 magnitude event, according to the U.S. Geological Service, and was felt 15 miles away are heard as far as Waxahatchie (45 miles away).

After West Fertilizer Explosion, Concerns Over Safety, Regulation and Zoning

Owner: Donald Adair has owned the West Fertilizer Co. for around seven years
 It will take time to determine the exact cause of the fire and explosion at the fertilizer plant in West, Texas. The disaster has cost at least 14 lives, caused 200 injuries and has destroyed at least 50 homes. The blast was so strong that it blew out windows for miles, and even registered as an earthquake. First responders said the aftermath looked like “a war zone.”
Yet even at this early stage of the investigation, there are signs that not all was right with the plant, like the fact that it had as much as 270 tons of ammonium nitrate (which can be explosive) at the site, but no sprinklers or fire barriers. It’s also brought up questions about regulation in Texas, and whether homes and schools should be so close to industry.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

The NRA is sponsoring a NASCAR race in Texas (No firearms allowed)

It seems like a perfect marriage, fast cars and guns. A lot of crossover appeal there, right? Well, some people see it different.  WSJ: Nascar Faces Fallout From NRA Deal  

Nascar is trying to minimize the potential damage resulting from its sponsorship agreement with the National Rifle Association. This weekend’s race in the stock-car racing organizations premier Sprint Cup series at Texas Motor Speedway is called the NRA 500.
To many people the race title may sound like an attempt at a bad joke. It also seems like the timing of the sponsorship deal, in the wake of December’s mass shooting at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school, could not be worse. However, it might be difficult to say whose tone deafness regarding the situation is most severe.
Certainly Nascar should have known that giving the NRA top billing would not sit well with racing enthusiasts who happen to be gun-control advocates or are simply tired of gun violence. Nascar has not yet responded to requests for comment...
A couple insights:

1) The head of the NRA is a guy named Wayne LaPierre and anyone who is a fan of the movie "Talladega Nights" is probably not too keen about intermingling people with French sounding names and stock car racing. jes sayin..

2) Wayne LaPierre has been beating the drum for years that guns make people safer.

National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre on Thursday attacked Connecticut’s new gun-control laws, saying they are “making the law books thicker for the law-abiding people.”

“The problem with what Connecticut did, is the criminals, the drug dealers, the people that are going to do horror and terror, they aren’t going to cooperate,” LaPierre told Fox News.

3) Word to all the NASCAR fans who also happen to be NRA members and who plan to travel to the Texas Motor Speedway to attend the NRA 500 this weekend.   Leave your guns at home.  You can't bring them into the Speedway. Rules for Race Fans


Funny how Wayne LaPierre rants and raves about how we need to have guns in schools, churches, bars, businesses, in order to keep people safe by allowing them to protect themselves and their families with their guns, but in an environment with tens of thousands of fans in close quarters, the NRA is spending huge money to sponsor a race where no one is allowed to exercise their beloved 2nd Amendment rights.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Google Search: Pipeline Leak

The Keystone Pipeline aka KXL is intended to be a superhighway to transport oil extracted from tar sands in Canada all the way down to Houston Texas from where it can either be refined and/or loaded directly onto tankers and exported to foreign markets in order to take advantage of higher prices outside of North America.  I am not going to delve into an economic analysis or predict how the pipeline will affect market prices to consumers but I want to point out the tremendous technical difficulty maintaining a leak-proof pipeline thousands of miles long.  It is not a question of will there be leaks, but how disastrous the leaks will be and how often leaks will happen.

Start with the Google search "Pipeline leak"   

Exxon Mobil Corp.’s Pegasus crude oil pipeline, which was shut on Friday after a leak was detected in Arkansas, will need to be excavated as the company looks to determine what caused the breach, a spokeswoman said.
“I can’t speculate on when excavation will happen,” Kimberly Brasington, a spokeswoman for the company, said in an e-mail. “Excavation is necessary as part of an investigation to determine the cause of the incident.”
The 20-inch pipeline, which originates in Patoka, Illinois, and carries crude oil to the Texas Gulf Coast, was carrying Wabasca Heavy Crude from Western Canada, she said.
About 12,000 barrels of oil and water have been collected so far near Mayflower, Arkansas, after “a few thousand barrels were observed in the area,” the Mayflower Incident Unified Command Joint Information Center, which includes Exxon, Faulkner County and the city of Mayflower, said in a statement Sunday.
The pipeline ruptured last week at Willard Bay State Park, spilling diesel fuel into marshes. It was Chevron's third pipeline leak in Utah in the last three years.
Another pipeline leak sent crude oil rushing into a Salt Lake City creek in 2010. Months later, the same pipeline ruptured again.
Each pipeline leak involved a spill of 21,000 or more gallons of crude oil or fuel.
Irving-based Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM) has been fined $1.7 million by the The U.S. Department of Transportation over pipeline safety violations relating to a 2011 oil spill in the Yellowstone River.
Reuters reported that the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration said Exxon's Silvertip pipeline leaked roughly 1,500 barrels of oil into the river in July 2011 following heavy flooding in the region. The pipeline carries 40,000 barrels per day of crude in Montana.

Crews were working Tuesday to contain and clean up more than 800,000 gallons of oil that poured into a creek and flowed into the Kalamazoo River in southern Michigan, coating birds and fish.

Authorities in Battle Creek and Emmett Township warned residents about the strong odor from the oil, which leaked Monday from a 30-inch pipeline built in 1969 that carries about 8 million gallons of oil per day from Griffith, Ind., to Sarnia, Ontario.

Crews waded in oily water as they worked to stop the oil's advance downstream. Oil-covered Canada geese walked along the banks of the Kalamazoo River, and photos showed dead fish floating in the spill. The Kalamazoo River eventually flows into Lake Michigan, but officials didn't expect the oil to reach the lake.

Here is the proposed route of KXL through the American heartland, the breadbasket of the USA and the world.

Keystone Pipeline System - Overall Map

Tar sand oil is a thick substance with viscosity that is much higher than crude oil.  Tar sand oil at room temperature is similar in viscosity to molasses and it has to be mixed with light crude oil to create a mixture that can be pumped at all.  Because of the high viscosity of the material the pipeline will have to operate at higher fluid pressure than would be required for thinner viscosity crude oil.  Or the flow rate will have to be reduced below the production level that was projected to sell the project.

The pressure required to push a fluid through a pipe is a function of  viscosity of the fluid, the length and diameter of the pipe, the smoothness of the pipe interior, and the velocity of the fluid. In the formula pressure is directly proportional to viscosity, so if viscosity doubles, the pressure requirement doubles as well.  In the case of tar sands oil, the viscosity is more than ten times thicker than light crude oil.  This means that the KXL pipeline will have to operate at higher pressure and employ more pumping stations than would be required for light crude oil.
Additionally, the tar sands oil has suspended particles of clay and sand in the mixture and these will continually abrade the interior of the pipe particularly at locations where the pipeline changes direction or slope. As the oil slurry abrades the interior surfaces of the pipe, the frictional losses will increase,  driving higher pump pressures or lower flow rates.  As the pipeline weakens from years of abrasion, more locations will rupture and leak, and because the pipeline will be buried below ground, leaks will not be simple to detect or locate.  The high viscosity and pressure losses will limit the effectiveness of the control systems used to detect minor leaks before they become major leaks.

If completed, this pipeline will become a source of ongoing leaks that will grow in magnitude over time.  Eventually the rising maintenance, cleanup, legal and liability insurance costs will drive the Canadian corporation that owns the pipeline to go bankrupt or simply abandon their responsibilities and leave the US taxpayers with the bills for the leaking pipeline.

The Keystone pipeline is bad for the environment and is a bad business deal for the US government and America consumers as well.  

Update: April 1: 
I came across this report from  that points out how tar sand oil pipeline operators are exempt from paying into the trust fund that covers the costs of cleaning up oil spills. So the corporations profiting by transporting tar sands oil across America don't have to pay to clean up the spills they created.  A perfect example of corporate welfare.  Irrational Exemption, Tar sands pipeline subsidies and why they must end

Neither Congress nor the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) considers tar sands‐derived oil as “crude oil.” In a January 2011 memorandum, the IRS determined that to generate revenues for the oil spill trust fund, Congress only intended to tax conventional crude – not tar sands or other unconventional oils.  This exemption remains even though the United States moves billions of gallons of tar sands oil through its pipeline system every year. The trust fund is liable for tar sands oil spill cleanups without collecting any revenue from tar sands transport. If the fund goes broke,the American taxpayer foots the cleanup bill.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Complimentary breakfast with a side order of hate.

So I have been in Arlington Texas since last Friday on assignment for work.  I picked Hawthorn Suites for a hotel because it seemed like a decent place in a good location at a good price.  And oh by the way, there is the much coveted complimentary breakfast offered to all the guests.. mmm. Can you say scrambled eggs, sausage patties, toast, and OJ for free?  I'm in dude! 

Except for one minor detail.  At the Hawthorn Suites Arlington Hotel, your breakfast comes with a side order of Fox News AM blasting on the TV in the breakfast room, every fucking day.  For those of you unfamiliar with Fox News at 6:00 AM, it is pretty much the TV version of the comments section at Free Republic.   One story after another of how Obama is Hitler.. No, strike that, it's worse than that, he is actually Satan.. And by the way, so is Diane Feinstein. and so is that liberal unionized teacher from the Blue State up north, and hey there, did you see how AWESOME Sarah Palin was at CPAC!  Boy she really gave it to Satan er.... Hitler er .. Obama!

So me being the non-morning person who also happens to be an ex-Republican who has already had it up to here with the Fox News propaganda salad shooter, I ate my breakfast in peace shaking my head at the bold willful ignorance on display in HD.  So I stop at the lobby on the way out and ask them if they really need to show politics at breakfast, like can't you guys put on ESPN or the History Channel?  I really just want to eat breakfast without the political BS.  The guy says oh sure!  I'll take care of that!

So the next day, its the same thing at breakfast.  Texas zombies all in a room not speaking to each other, chowing down on the free breakfast while the same Fox News crew dumps one story after another about how horrible Obama is blah blah blah.. So I see the same guy at the desk on my way out and I'm like Dude? you're still blasting the same Fox News bullshit in the breakfast room..  He seemed surprised this time, ORLY??

Next day, which was yesterday, same thing.  More Obama hate at 6:00 AM.  I walk out and see the same guy and I'm like Really?? More of that crap in the breakfast room?  He seemed surprised yet again..  No kidding?? well I'll go change the channel right now!

No thanks guy.  I'll just go to McDonalds and pay $5 for breakfast and eat my oatmeal in peace without the side order of bullshit from Fox News.

I sent a terse comment to the Hawthorn Suites home page that because it is apparently corporate policy to blast Fox News in the room that serves the complimentary breakfast then I'll just stay at a different hotel next time I come to town.  A few hours later I got a conciliatory call from the manager who seemed surprised that anyone would complain about being subjected to Fox News and how he would let me pick whatever channel I wanted to watch tomorrow morning.  Ha. No thanks Tex.   I hope it ruined his day to be told by the corporate office that a customer actually took a couple minutes of time online to complain about being force-fed right wing propaganda as the main course for breakfast.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

William Hilton Paul, chip off the old blockhead.

I had a short discussion with another Twitter user last night about whether or not the legal issues of a 19 year old son of a politician was fair game for discussion.  I say yes because the politician in question is an Holier than thou type who loves to claim moral high ground based on his Christian faith and patriotism and he never misses an opportunity to lash out and insult others who do not live up to his ideals.  

If a politician scores political points by kicking dirt on other people for being immoral and not displaying good Christian moral family values, than that politician is fair game for criticism when their own family proves itself to be dysfunctional. If you aren't a good parent yourself, then stop ranting about how other people aren't good parents. 

Children tend to mimic their parents' behavior more than they take heed of their parent's words.  And when it comes to treating airport employees with respect, Rand Paul hasn't provided much of an example for his children.  Rand Paul detained: Rep. refuses airport patdown after alarm

Republican Senator Rand Paul was stopped at an airport on Monday for setting off an alarm and refusing a patdown, prompting his father, U.S. presidential candidate Ron Paul, to accuse security officials of being part of an "out of control" police state.
In a harshly worded attack on the Transportation Security Administration, which handles security screenings at U.S. airports, Ron Paul, known for his strident libertarian views, said the TSA "gropes and grabs our kids and our seniors and does nothing to keep us safe."

So it shouldn't come as much of a surprise that Rand Paul's oldest son William Hilton Paul doesn't show respect for airport personnel either. He's a chip off the old blockhead.  Senator Rand Paul's Son Arrested at Charlotte Airport
According to Lt. Blake Hollar with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, Paul was intoxicated when he arrived at the airport and said "he was possibly served alcohol on the flight."
The teenager was arrested by police and booked into the Mecklenburg County Jail, charged with three misdemeanors: underage consumption, disorderly conduct, and being intoxicated and disruptive...
"Sen. Paul is a national public figure and subject to scrutiny in the public arena, however, as many parents with teenagers would understand, his family should be afforded the privacy and respect they deserve in a situation such as this," the statement said.
Fat chance of that Rand Paul you hypocrite ass.  In fact I thought I would post screenshots of the information about William Hilton Paul's upcoming April 4th court date in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina.  William is facing four misdemeanor charges. "Assault on a Female" was added to the list after the first three offenses listed in the story.  Yeah yeah, she was probably some overbearing TSA Brownshirt hell bent on trampling young William's civil rights.

Fine young man you are raising there Rand Paul.  Bravo for being a great dad.  

Monday, February 18, 2013


I haven't given up, I've just been hanging out on Twitter when I have free time.  When I feel inspired to write more posts I will be back, but for now its all about dropping 140 character nuggets of wisdom and snark.

My user name on Twitter is 71LesPaul .  Dive in, the water is fine.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Depraved gun nuts heckle grieving parent at Connecticut hearing

The right wing loves to hate Fred Phelps and the parishioners from his fundamentalist Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka Kansas for travelling around the country to heckle and protest at funerals of American soldiers who were killed in combat.  In Fred's twisted point of view, God is extracting revenge on the military and American soldiers because the military has officially ended the "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy that made being gay in the military a taboo. The specter of haters protesting at a funeral in front of grieving family members and friends is sickening and revolting to anyone with a sense of decency and a functional conscience.

So when I read this story earlier today it made me realize how close the mainstream gun nuts really are to the Fred Phelps extremism.  These disgusting jerks actually heckled a parent of child who was murdered in the Sandy Hook massacre during a hearing in the Connecticut legislature while he calmly pleaded for some common sense reforms to prevent more incidents like this one.

Connecticut Post: Father of Newtown victim heckled at hearing

Neil Heslin, of Shelton, holds a portrait of himself and his son, Jesse Lewis, one of the children killed in the Sandy Hook School shooting, during testimony before the Gun Violence Prevention Working Group at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford on Monday, January 28, 2012.Photo: Brian A. Pounds | Buy This Photo

"The Second Amendment!" was shouted a couple of times by as many as a dozen gun enthusiasts in the meeting room as Neil Heslin, holding a photo of his slain 6-year-old son, Jesse Lewis, asked why Bushmaster assault-style weapons are allowed to be sold in the state.
"There are a lot of things that should be changed to prevent what happened," said Heslin, who said he grew up using guns and was undisturbed by the interruption of his testimony.
"That wasn't just a killing, it was a massacre," said Heslin, who recalled dropping off his son at Sandy Hook Elementary school shortly before Lanza opened fire. "I just hope some good can come out of this."
The Gun Nuts are just like Fred Phelps.  The only difference is the flavor of the extremism. Actually, the gun nuts who heckled a grieving parent are even more despicable than Fred Phelps and his band of haters.  Adults who voluntarily enlisted in the military knew beforehand all of the risks involved.   On the other hand, parents who dropped off their 7 year old children at Sandy Hook Elementary school could have never imagined the horror waiting for their children and their families thanks to the tireless efforts by the NRA to increase gun sales and gun manufacturers' profits at any cost.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Reince Priebus thinks the GOP has a marketing problem.

After watching Mitt Romney get beat like a rented mule in the last Presidential Election, GOP Party leader Reince Priebus has determined that the GOP has a marketing problem and that they need to do a better job of getting their message across to voters. 

Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus on Friday will lay out his plan for a “Republican renewal,” telling members of the party that the GOP must abandon the concept of battleground states and look to compete in “every state and every region” in the country, POLITICO’s Playbook has learned...

Priebus will outline a number of steps the GOP should take to expand the base and get competitive in a broader swath of states. Among his suggestions: train “candidates, volunteers and operatives” on basic subjects like fundraising and campaign strategy — but through a variety of high-tech methods, including Skype sessions and Google hangouts; give the “next generation of organizers access to the brightest experts,” take the initiative on leading in the “digital space” and focus on being “welcoming” and “inclusive” without forgetting GOP “principles.”
Old wisdom says that the first step on the road to recovery is admitting that you have a problem.  With this statement, Reince is doing the exact opposite of admitting the GOP has a problem with it's message of anti-science nuttery, climate denial, anti-woman misogyny, religious extremism, and economic policy ignorance.  Quite the opposite in fact, Reince is saying the biggest challenge facing the GOP is doing a better ob of conveying their policies and message to the masses.

My prediction is that if and when the GOP does manage to somehow get their message out to all the voters across the country and educate them all on the policies and principals that the GOP espouses, then the Republican party will fall even further into oblivion. If anything, the GOP's problem is not enough marketing, its all the free marketing that their political enemies are more than willing to do for them.      

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Happy Gun Appreciation Day 2013!

Some videos and a touching story to commemorate what is being referred to as Gun Appreciation Day 2013. A day to celebrate the many wonder of owning firearms!

First, one of my favorite Beatles songs, Happiness is a Warm Gun.  Hells yes it is!  And if John Lennon hadn't been shot dead by a crazy motherfucker named Mark David Chapman back in 1980 near his home in New York City, he might still be belting out this one, maybe on the yearly Beg-Athon on PBS. 

Oh and this one is pretty good too.  It shows a lot of different people all having loads of fun with their guns and then BLAMMO!  One dude inspecting the barrel of his rifle like Elmer Fudd shoots a big hole in the bill of his trucker cap just inches from his skull.  The only thing missing is the America's Funniest Videos theme music, although you will enjoy the song in the background straight from the jukebox at the Waffle House. 

This is somewhat ironic.. To demonstrate how patriotic they are, a lot of people around the country celebrated their 2nd Amendment rights today by attending gun rallies and gun shows.  Well, some people started out at the gun show but ended up in the hospital when a careless law enforcement officer accidentally shot them.  OOPS!!  Memo to gun show staff:  Please make sure the weapons are unloaded before you pull the tie-wrap around the trigger.

The Dixie Gun and Knife Show was shut down after a shooting Saturday.
The Dixie Gun and Knife Show was shut down after a shooting Saturday. (WTVD Photo / Angelica Alvarez)
RALEIGH (WTVD) -- Law enforcement officials have confirmed a shooting at the Dixie Gun and Knife Show at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds Saturday afternoon.
There was no immediate confirmation of the exact number of injuries.
An eyewitness told ABC11 that a person brought a loaded semi-automatic pistol to a security check-in area around 1 p.m. Saturday. The gun owner reportedly removed the gun's slide out magazine, but there was still a round in the gun's chamber. When a law enforcement officer went to secure the weapon with a zip tie through the trigger area and around the grip, the gun went off as the zip tie was pulled tight.
Two or three people were injured. Varying accounts said a person was shot in the hand, another in the arm and possibly a third.

Oh and why not one more..  Earlier today a really stupid guy in Bulgaria who apparently wanted to get his ass kicked six ways to Sunday staged a fake point blank assassination of a politician he clearly doesn't like using an air pistol.   No one got the joke.

I am glad that Gun Appreciation Day 2013 such a huge success.  I recommend next year that they have a moment of silence for each of the victims of gun violence and gun accidents before the gun loving crowd commences to partying with their best friends, the guns.  But of course that would mean Gun Appreciation Day would have to become Gun Appreciation Week for the thousands of moments of silence, interrupted only by drunkass Billy Bobs and Gangsta Wannabe's firing their weapons into the air and through the ceiling in mom's living room.


If you go to the link I posted above about the accidental shooting at the North Carolina gun show, the story has completely changed without an explanation from the source.  So either the original eyewitness account was a total fabrication or the new explanation is a sanitized version.  they both can't right.

The Dixie Gun and Knife Show will continue as planned but there will be no private gun sales allowed, and personal guns will not be allowed on property. Gun sales will be allowed only by licensed dealers within the confines of the Jim Graham Building
 Agency spokesman Brian Long says a 12-gauge shotgun discharged while its owner, 36-year-old Gary Lynn Wilson, of Wilmington, unzipped its case for a law enforcement officer to check it at a security entrance.
Three people were injured when the gun went off, officials said, including a retired Wake County Sherriff's deputy working the show.
Oh and there were 2 other accidental shootings at gun shows on Gun Appreciation Day 2013.  wonderful.

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Thursday, January 17, 2013

The Greatest Generation would be disgusted in today's right wing extremism

Wow I have to really hand it to fellow internet traveler Vicious Babushka who Tweets under that name and posts at the political weblog Little Green Footballs.  Vicious Babushka  actually took the time to wade through the Twitter swamp and collect dozens of Tweets that demonstrated Goodwin's Law in a variety of disgusting and ridiculous comparisons between Adolph Hitler and Barrack Obama that all fall hopelessly short of reality.

For those of you who are not familiar with Goodwin's Law, here is a snip from Wikipedia..
 Godwin's law (also known as Godwin's Rule of Nazi Analogies or Godwin's Law of Nazi Analogies) is an argument made by Mike Godwin in 1990 that has become an Internet adage. It states: "As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1." In other words, Godwin observed that, given enough time, in any online discussion—regardless of topic or scope—someone inevitably makes a comparison to Hitler or the Nazis.
Here is the thread at Little Green Footballs where you can see the many examples of the steaming turd Tweets from people who are profoundly ignorant of the history of World War II and proud of it.

LGF:  Godwins of the Day: Jan, 17, 2013 -- It’s a Hitlerfest!

You should click the link and visit LGF to see firsthand the deranged hyperbola from dozens of unhinged extremist freaks.  These people are so far out of touch with reality that they can't see a difference between the evil monster who was responsible for the deaths of over 50 million people during World War II and the President who is attempting to make the USA a bit safer for children, policemen, and all of us by enacting a variety of very modest gun control regulations.

The Greatest Generation of Americans, who were sent off to fight and die in the most brutal and destructive war the world has ever seen along with those who stayed home and rationed, scrimped and worked tirelessly to aid the war effort to defeat Adolph Hitler and the Third Reich would be absolutely disgusted with these asinine comparisons offered up by blowhards tweeting under the cover of anonymous nicknames from their comfortable lazy boy recliners.

Barrack Obama is Hitler because he wants to take away some of their beloved toy guns.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

A Tale of Two Gun Toting Moms..

Does keeping guns around the house make you safer?  That depends on which anecdote you base your opinion.  

Yay Guns!
LOGANVILLE, GA.A Georgia mother who shot an intruder at her home has become a small part of the roaring gun control debate, with some firearms enthusiasts touting her as a textbook example of responsible gun ownership.
 Melinda Herman grabbed a handgun and hid in a crawl space with her two children when a man broke in last week and approached the family at their home northeast of Atlanta, police said. Herman called her husband on the phone, and with him reminding her of the lessons she recently learned at a shooting range, Herman opened fire, seriously wounding the burglary suspect.
The National Rifle Association tweeted a link to a news story about the shooting, and support poured in from others online, hailing Herman as a hero. The local sheriff said he was proud of the way she handled the situation.

Boo Guns! 
MSNBC: Gun-toting soccer mom found shot dead

LEBANON, Pa. — A mother of three who became a voice of the gun-rights movement when she openly carried a loaded pistol to her daughter's soccer game was fatally shot along with her husband, a parole officer and former prison guard, in an apparent murder-suicide at their home.
Autopsies were planned Friday for Meleanie Hain, 31, and Scott Hain, 33, who were pronounced dead shortly after 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at their brick home in this small city about 80 miles west of Philadelphia.
The couple's 10-year-old son and daughters ages 2 and 6 were home at the time, police said. The two older children ran outside and told neighbors that their father had shot their mother, neighbors said. The children are being cared for by neighbors and relatives.
Toys lay scattered across the corner lot Thursday in the tree-lined neighborhood where the family lived and where Meleanie ran a day care center. A car parked in the driveway bore a badge-shaped sticker that read "NRA law enforcement."
Jim Zengerle  /  AP file
Meleanie Hain made headlines after she attended a children's soccer game on Sept. 11, 2008, with a handgun in plain view holstered on her hip.

Monday, January 7, 2013

In 2013 economic growth will be fueled by lower oil prices.

There are many factors that affect economic growth and among them is the price of oil.  Like it or not oil and gasoline are still the lifeblood of our economy.  The price of oil and gasoline are baked into the price of every consumer product on the shelves. Further, the more disposable income that consumers spend on gasoline, the less they will have to spend on other things.   Cheaper gasoline will help promote economic recovery in the USA.  Cheap gasoline is a free market induced stimulus package for everyone. 

Here are a few different articles that help paint the picture of where the prices of oil and gasoline are heading in the USA.

 ABC News: BC: US Oil Production: Record Rise in 2012
Total U.S. crude oil production is on target to reach 6.4 million barrels per day in 2012, the highest for any year since 1997.
In today’s report the EIA has also revised its predictions for crude oil production in 2013, now forecasting that U.S. will produce more than 7 million barrels per day for the first time since 1992.
The news comes just a week after the EIA released a report saying that the U.S. will become increasingly energy independent in the next three decades as it boosts its production of oil, natural gas and renewable power such as solar and wind.
Oil industry analysts expect that an increase in U.S. crude oil production should help push gas prices lower
WaPo Blog:  Graph of the day: Americans buying more fuel- efficient cars, polluting less.
New cars bought in the fall of 2012 are using about 15 percent less fuel per mile than cars purchased in 2007. But they’re also logging slightly fewer miles overall — a sign that Americans aren’t just negating the fuel savings by driving more. Add it all up, and there’s been a 20 percent drop in greenhouse-gas emissions from new vehicles in the past five years....
This trend is likely to continue. The Obama administration has already set strict new fuel-economy standards for cars and light trucks, which are expected to average around 35.4 miles per gallon by 2025. Indeed, this is one big reason why U.S. oil imports have been shrinking — along with increased domestic oil production — and it’s why imports are projected to keep shriveling in the decades ahead.

Value Walk:  Cushing Oil Inventory Increases 66 Percent In 2012
The problem here is that U.S. and Canadian oil production is increasing faster and producing more oil than Cushing can build extra storage or increase pipeline capacity, and or bring new pipeline projects online from Cushing to Houston. Oil stored at Cushing basically jumped from 30 million barrels to 50 million barrels in 2012, an increase of 20 million barrels (66 percent increase) which is just an incredible feat, just imagine if there were no pipelines pumping oil to Houston in 2012. In fact, full capacity including shell capacity would have been completely filled to the gills, and Cushing would have to stop accepting oil into its facilities...
The speculators are pushing oil up again over the past two weeks during thinly traded holiday market on low volume with the diehards trying to make their yearly numbers look better, but the fundamentals for WTI and Brent don`t bode well for 2013 with the North American production output putting downward pressure on WTI prices, and the expected increase in Oil production from Iraq, Kazakhstan, Sudan and others putting downward pressure on Brent prices.
It is important to note that we are not just producing more oil here in the USA, we are also using less of it as well.  A glut in the market is not out of the question and if and when that happens we will see a substantial drop in oil prices.  The fools who warned the world that oil was headed for $200 per barrel failed to acknowledge that before the price could climb that high, the world economy would collapse and Exxon would find it difficult to give oil away.  Those pesky self-correction factors..

Also, notice that we have reversed the direction of a major pipeline that used to deliver crude oil from the Gulf of Mexico to Cushing, Oklahoma where the storage tanks are located.  Now that same pipeline delivers oil from Cushing, Oklahoma to the Gulf where it can be refined.  Make no mistake though.  The intent of switching the direction of the pipeline was not just to get oil to refineries in Texas.  It is so that American and Canadian oil can be exported to take advantage of the higher market price for oil in other markets outside of the US. Oil used to be considered a global commodity where it was priced essentially the same everywhere.  That isn't the case anymore.  Understanding the WTI-Brent Spread 

This is good news for Americans, except for the ones whose political extremism has made them pine for an economic meltdown in the USA just so they can find something to blame on the President.  These people hate Barrack Obama more than they love the USA.  

Thursday, January 3, 2013

What may have Pb to the drop in violent crime?

This is a very compelling story in Mother Jones by Kevin Drum about how the leaded gasoline that was used in automobiles from the late 1930's until the early 1970's may very well have contributed to a large amount of violent crime over decades here in the USA and around the world.  The data is striking.  It appears that Freakonomics was wrong on the subject of why there was such a widespread drop in violent crimes starting around 1990.  read the whole thing..

    Mother Jones:  America's Real Criminal Element: Lead

"... But as Nevin was working on that assignment, his client suggested they might be missing something. A recent study had suggested a link between childhood lead exposure and juvenile delinquency later on. Maybe reducing lead exposure had an effect on violent crime too?
That tip took Nevin in a different direction. The biggest source of lead in the postwar era, it turns out, wasn't paint. It was leaded gasoline. And if you chart the rise and fall of atmospheric lead caused by the rise and fall of leaded gasoline consumption, you get a pretty simple upside-down U: Lead emissions from tailpipes rose steadily from the early '40s through the early '70s, nearly quadrupling over that period. Then, as unleaded gasoline began to replace leaded gasoline, emissions plummeted.
U pattern. The only thing different was the time period: Crime rates rose dramatically in the '60s through the '80s, and then began dropping steadily starting in the early '90s. The two curves looked eerily identical, but were offset by about 20 years.


After making the connection between lead exposure and violent crime, Drum questions why is it that no one who studies or works in the business of fighting crime seems to be interested.
Nevin calls it "exasperating" that crime researchers haven't seriously engaged with lead, and Reyes told me that although the public health community was interested in her paper, criminologists have largely been AWOL. When I asked Sammy Zahran about the reaction to his paper with Howard Mielke on correlations between lead and crime at the city level, he just sighed. "I don't think criminologists have even read it," he said. ..
Why not? Mark Kleiman, a public policy professor at the University of California-Los Angeles who has studied promising methods of controlling crime, suggests that because criminologists are basically sociologists, they look for sociological explanations, not medical ones. My own sense is that interest groups probably play a crucial role: Political conservatives want to blame the social upheaval of the '60s for the rise in crime that followed. Police unions have reasons for crediting its decline to an increase in the number of cops. Prison guards like the idea that increased incarceration is the answer. Drug warriors want the story to be about drug policy. If the actual answer turns out to be lead poisoning, they all lose a big pillar of support for their pet issue. And while lead abatement could be big business for contractors and builders, for some reason their trade groups have never taken it seriously.
He goes on to point out that for roughly $20 billion per year for 20 years we could all but eliminate much of the lead that remains in windows in old houses and soil in mostly urban areas and how getting the lead out  would generate ten times that much in savings from the lower crime levels and higher IQ levels that would result.

That is how you invest in the future of a nation. Not by producing, selling and squirreling away firearms and precious metals.  Invest in the children by getting rid of the lead left from the past that shackles them for life.