Friday, October 19, 2007

Maybe Teachers Should Pack

From John Lott at TCS Daily today:

The benefit from concealed handguns on multiple-victim public shootings is particularly large. Examining all the multiple-victim public shootings in the United States from 1977 to 1999 shows that on average, states that adopt right-to-carry laws experience a 60% drop in the rates at which the attacks occur, and a 78% drop in the rates at which people are killed or injured from such attacks.

Sen. Reid, the First Rule of Holes is...

"When you're in a hole, stop digging."

This ploy to make it seem you had an intentional hand in raising this money (more than $2M) for MC-LEF is embarrassing.

Socialized Legal Care

A modest proposal from JWR’s Medicine Men:

The principle is simple. Access to lawyers is a fundamental human right. You are entitled to all you want, for any reason or for no particular reason at all, subject only to the government's willingness to provide it. In order to make sure you get everything the government thinks you need, from routine legal services to hit-the-jackpot lawsuits, the government will simply start treating lawyers the way they treat doctors.

2. There shall be tens of thousands of pages of government rules and fine print regarding how to practice law. These will require hundreds of hours a year to master, will change constantly, often without notice, and may result in lawyers having to hire and pay employees who do nothing but puzzle over rules of compliancy.

3. Failure to abide by these rules may result in harassment, fines or prison time.

4. Legal fees will be based on a relative value scale established in the 1980s, and will be cut back every year. Lawyers will simply have to handle more clients for less.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Light Week

The Austin Downtown Lions Club's (it's a sad website, I know) Rose Week ends tomorrow. It's our Autumn fund raiser and involves a lot of work. The roses get delivered tomorrow as I head to Athens. I hope to be more active next week.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Perry endorses Rudy

Guv’nah Perry endorses Rudy. From Ace.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Prager on Coulter's anti-semitic comments...

Why are they anti-semitic?

Prager at Townhall:

What damage has she ever done to Jews? What is wrong with a person believing that it would be better if another person adopted their faith? Is there one liberal who doesn't believe that a conservative would be better -- "perfected," if you will -- by embracing liberal beliefs and values? Why is it laudable for a liberal to hope that conservatives convert to liberalism, but dangerous and hate-filled when a Christian hopes that Jews or anyone else will go to heaven (that is, after all, Ann Coulter's and most other Christians' primary concern) by believing in Jesus?

I do dislike the term "perfected," though, preferring the term "completed." And, neither refer to a temporal, physical or moral perfection or completion, rather a theological or religious perfection or completion.

Update: Medved audio with Coulter (ten minutes on Oct. 15) at TH.

Monday, October 15, 2007

The Looming Tower

Picked it up and Michael is correct. I will not discuss WW IV with anyone from the left who has not read it. Halfway through in a day...granted, it was a Sunday.

Re: Re: 3rd Party Threat

More from Carol Platt Liebau on Michael's concern:

In short, if the religious right decided to support a third candidate, it would become the biggest loser in a Giuliani-Clinton contest, whatever the outcome. Even so, it is tempting for those opposed to Giuliani’s pro-choice stance to speculate that a Hillary Clinton presidency might shock the country into greater receptivity to policies espoused by people of faith. But it’s worth remembering that similar hopes, coupled with discontent with the presidency of George H.W. Bush, inspired some to vote for Ross Perot in 1992. As a result, America endured eight years of a Clinton presidency – and set Hillary Clinton on the path she’s pursuing now.

"Saint Al of the Ecopalypse"

Sounding rather Thunderdome-ish, Mark Steyn comments more on Michael's "consensus."

From the Australian:

For example, the former vice-president predicts a rise in sea levels of 6m "in the near future". "The Armageddon scenario he predicts," declared Burton, "is not in line with the scientific consensus."


A schoolkid in Ontario was complaining the other day that, whatever subject you do, you have to sit through Gore's movie: It turns up in biology class, in geography, in physics, in history, in English.

Whatever you're studying, it's all you need to know. It fulfils the same role in the schoolhouses of the guilt-ridden developed world that the Koran does in Pakistani madrassas. Gore's rise is as remorseless as those sea levels. I assumed Gore's clammy embrace would do for the environmental movement what his belated endorsement had done for Howard Dean's 2004 presidential candidacy: kill it stone dead. But governor Dean was constrained by actual humdrum prosaic vote tallies in Iowa and New Hampshire. The ecochondriacs, by contrast, seem happiest when they're most unmoored from reality.

Re: Cowboys

Yes, they did play a real team on Sunday.