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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

And While We're On The Subject of Guns As Personal Protection

There's this to consider, from the one and only Instapundit:

"THE INSTA-WIFE: Gun Owners: What Are You Compensating For? 'I’m compensating for being too weak to carry a whole cop around with me.'"

Things that make you go hmmmm ...

Speaking Truth To The Clueless

The Washington Times editorial board to Virginia Beach's chief of police:
This shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone. Gun owners tend to be law-abiding members of their communities. Allowing concealed-carry at the local watering hole did nothing to change that. The Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police worked overtime to defeat restaurant carry, urging Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell to veto the bill in March of last year. “Allowing guns in bars is a recipe for disaster,” [now retired] Virginia Beach Police Chief Jake Jacocks Jr. wrote. “We can fully expect that at some point in the future, a disagreement that today would likely end up in a verbal confrontation, or a bar fight, will inevitably end with gunfire if you sign this legislation into law.” The shootouts never happened.

Earlier this month, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reviewed Virginia State Police records and found the number of firearms-related crimes committed in establishments that serve alcohol dropped 5 percent a year after concealed-carry permit holders could legally pack heat while out on the town. There were 145 gun crimes reported in taverns and eateries a year after the law took effect, compared with 153 before. The Times-Dispatch could only identify a single permit holder who had misbehaved, though gun charges later were dropped against that person. [source] [emphasis mine]
"A recipe for disaster."  "Inevitable ... gunfire."

We can expect ... what, again, genius?

Reading Your Mind

Yes, you are predictable.  To prove it, this amazing math quiz can likely predict which of 18 movies you would enjoy the most. It really works! Every time...

Here we go...!!!

Movie Test: 

    Pick any number from 1-9.

    Multiply by 3.

    Add 3.

    Multiply by 3 again.

    Now add the two digits of your answer together.

Using that last number, you will find your predicted favorite movie in the list of 18 movies below. 

Movie List: 

    1. Gone With The Wind

    2. E.T.

    3. Blazing Saddles

    4. Star Wars

    5. Forrest Gump

    6. The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

    7. Jaws

    8. Grease

    9. The Obama farewell speech of 2013
    10. Casablanca

    11. Jurassic Park

    12. Shrek

    13. Pirates of the Caribbean

    14. Titanic

    15. Raiders Of The Lost Ark

    16. Home Alone

    17. Mrs. Doubtfire

    18. Toy Story

   Now, ain't that something..?

* From my inbox.

Texas Jobs Gov't Jobs?

This goes out to Dan Radmacher, who suggested recently (in a weblog comment) that "The Texas Miracle" simply involved the hiring of a whole lot of government workers in the years that Rick Perry has been governor of the Lone Star State.

The facts tell a different story:
Per Capita Gov't Workers Declined as Perry's Texas Created 1M New Jobs, Says BLS Data
By Terence P. Jeffrey, CNS News

(CNSNews.com) - Since Rick Perry became governor of Texas, the number of government workers per capita has marginally declined in the state as private-sector employers created 73.5 percent of the more than 1 million additional jobs now found in the state, according to data published by the Census Bureau and Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Between December 2000 when Perry became governor (replacing George W. Bush who had been elected president) and July 2011, the latest month on record, the number of nonfarm civilian employees in Texas grew from approximately 9,563,500 to 10,619,800, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

That means approximately 1,056,300 new nonfarm civilian jobs have been created in Texas during the time Perry has been governor.

That contrasts with a national decline in jobs of approximately 1,295,000 during the same period, according to BLS data.

Of the 1,056,300 new nonfarm civilian jobs created in Texas since December 2000, according to the BLS, 280,400 have been government jobs (including local, state and federal jobs) and 775,900 have been private-sector jobs. That means 73.5 percent of the new jobs created in Texas since Perry became governor have been private-sector jobs.

Meanwhile, from the 2000 Census to the 2010 Census, according to the Census Bureau, the population of Texas grew from 20,851,818 to 25,145,561. The 1,574,700 civilian government workers in Texas in December 2000 (as reported by BLS) equaled one government worker for every 13.2417 people in the state. The 1,855,100 civilian government workers in Texas in July 2011 equaled one government worker for every 13.5548 people in the state.

That means the number of people per government worker in Texas has increased by about a third of a person (0.313) since Perry became governor. [link]
Read the whole thing.  The author goes on to trash a recent Washington Post hit piece for manipulating data to make a point unfavorable to the Texas governor.  As the saying goes, and as Terence P. Jeffrey points out here, statistics don't lie, but liars use statistics.

Bottom line?  Try to dismiss the phenomenon until you're blue in the face, but this much is true:  Texas has created almost as many jobs as Obama has lost nationally.  There's certainly some kind of miracle at work there.

This Can't Be Good

We're well over a year from the election, the Republican Party hasn't even settled on a nominee, most voters haven't turned from "Dancing With The Stars" to the GOP debates yet, there are still a lot of name recognition issues out there, and Obama can't beat any one of four Republican challengers at this point in the contest?

A lot can happen between now and November, 2012, but this don't look good for The Messiah.  From Gallup:
Obama in Close Race Against Romney, Perry, Bachmann, Paul
Romney has slight edge over Obama, Bachmann slightly lags
by Frank Newport

Princeton, NJ -- President Barack Obama is closely matched against each of four possible Republican opponents when registered voters are asked whom they would support if the 2012 presidential election were held today. Mitt Romney leads Obama by two percentage points, 48% to 46%, Rick Perry and Obama are tied at 47%, and Obama edges out Ron Paul and Michele Bachmann by two and four points, respectively. [link]
Get the impression there's an "anybody but Obama" effect in play here?

This must especially depress the members of the mainstream press.  They've gone out of their way to make Bachmann look like a nut.  And they've completely ignored Ron Paul because they can't quite figure him out (therefore he's a nut too).  And both Paul and Bachmann are within striking distance of knocking off their cherished Obama?

This is so not right.

Maybe they need to go back to that which worked for them last time around:

Obama's black!  Obama's black!

'cause nothing else is working for the poor schmuck.

A Day To Showcase Nitwits

Exhibit A:

I read the other day that the unemployment rate for black males in Washington D.C. has hit 50%. I think we should round up every white employer in that city and hang him.

Oh, wait. The only white employers to be found in all of D.C. are congresspersons.

Racism?  Name names, babe.

I Love These Guys

The Republican Party of Virginia has a genius in its midst.  He's the dude who churns out ass-kickin's like this:
ICYMI: Dick Saslaw is Getting Nervous... 

The Times Dispatch notes the metaphorical sweat on Dick Saslaw's forehead: 

"We're talking to some people that could pump more money in here than the governor has ever dreamed of," he said.

Let us know when these alleged donors get back to you, Dick. But we won't be holding our breath. For some reason, people seem to like the idea of balancing budgets without raising taxes. 

But Dick wasn't finished. Lest people start to like balance budgets with no tax hikes, he warned that Virginia would become  "Mississippi and Arizona if they get control of the Senate."

In his defense, Republicans have put forward some "radical" ideas in the past couple of legislative sessions:  

  • ● Major Investments in Transportation,
  • ● Balanced Budgets,
  • ● $950 million two-year surplus, and and of course,
  • ● No Tax Hikes.

Lower taxes, limited government.  
Radical, indeed.