While fact checking a speech

Yes, I do perform fact checking. Not on everything, but items that seem too good/bad to be true. So, I was listening to one of the Lake Land protesters during the walkout the other day. She made the claim that the number one cause of death for kids was gun violence. Now, I do not agree with everything that they are trying to accomplish with this push. I do support a couple of items such as; less kids being killed, and their involvement in the process. (More on this later) Do I want kids to be getting killed? No.

So I pulled up the numbers and the little lass was wrong, the claim was false for every age group. The most recent chart is below for your review. For the moment, let me focus on the age group of the speaker, 14-24.  Homicide, Firearm is 2nd after motor vehicle accidents. Have you heard anyone push for vehicular safely? Even with vehicles being a third more deadly… When you combine the numbers from all of the age groups, where do you think homicide, firearm falls in? 5th place.

So let’s consider how business and life works. You seek out the fastest, cheapest, and effective method to bring the best results, right? If we were really looking to reduce juvenile deaths, we would take our eyes to the bigger numbers right? Well, drivers are not to be vilified, there are too many of them. God forbid we overburden the police by having them actually enforce the traffic laws. We would need to pay for more of them so that they could perform the job. Don’t get me wrong, I like to police. I just think that they have been refocused away from the community policing that we need to build the social structure that is conducive to respect for oneself and others. A great example of that was the pilot program in Vancouver WA that put cameras on school buses to catch drivers putting out kids in harms way while getting on or off the bus. Why was it called off? it generated too many citations. Wait, what?!?  Initially it would be a revenue generator, then as respect (or fear) built up, the drivers would pay more attention and the tickets would taper off with safer drivers. I know at least one local girl died in this manner, more than died in the county by school shootings in the last ten years.

There are 37000+ high schools in the US. How many have had a real shooting? No, I personally do not count the bullshit numbers being padded in such as a window getting shot by a punk with a BB gun. However for expedience, I will count the data in an unfiltered manner from 01/01/00 to 03/14/18.

There were 268 deaths and 386 injuries. Too many I know, but if you listen to the media and rhetoric then you would think that the number was in four or five digits.

Since the various levels of government have already permitted plenty of infringements to the second amendment, what will a very small amount more hurt right? It isn’t like I am going to pay attention to them. So let’s look at what may have some impact.

Good background checks, that are not as moronic as the no-fly list. There has to be due process to individuals being named. We have enough people listed on the no-fly because their name sounds foreign.

Mandated weapons security, safe, lock, other similar manners to keep arms limited to proper owners.

Illegal immigrants in possession of a firearm, immediate deportation after due process.


I am quite curious why suicide (in any manner) is listed as an “Unintentional Injury Death”. By the very definition of suicide, it is intentional and should not be included on this table. Another oddity in the results was that from 25-64 the leading cause was unintentional poisoning. No ideas there yet, but I found it notable.


Isn’t it interesting that facts get lost

Last week 14 year old Ahmed Mohamed was arrested for a “bomb”.

The media spotted the blatant racism and thrust him to the spotlight. The attention to overcome the horrible breaches of citizen’s rights was interesting to watch.

Another point of interest was that the facts about the device seemed lost upon the media. Perhaps it would have detracted from the hyped story.

Yes, the school was stupid.

Yes, the police need to be sued shitless for their denial of access to parents for a minor in questioning.

But the device that he had was a clock that “he made”. Would it be a point of interest that it was just a commercial clock removed from its case?

He tucked the power cord in so it would “not be suspicious”. That is an odd thought for a young teen.

In the end, he has an invitation to the White House, Facebook HQ, and an engineering job offer at NASA in response to the electronic version of plagiarism.


On the criminal justice aspects I am behind the kid, as the police and school screwed the pooch on this. They MUST be held accountable.


Do you like Avon?

As part of Vicki and Britni trying to help fund Bree’s schooling, they have jumped into Avon.


If you don’t have someone that you work with already, please consider giving them a shot at earning your business.


Their site is http://www.youravon.com/vickiandbritni

Ms. Lips is bored

When Ms. Lips gets bored, it may be dangerous.

I am pretty sure that Ms. Lips and Ms. Badcat are both on the same pages as to what I have been doing over the last month.

Gigglez and I dropped the daughter off at WSU Pullman.

We are very proud of her. Now that she is an adult… Go Bree!!!

As part of her path toward veterinary school, she has to be mindful of all of those things that will make her more attractive to getting accepted. This is not some overnight idea for her. she has had this plan in play as long as I have known her. We are talking since she was ten or so.

Here is where we can kill two birds with one stone. Ms. Lips, I know that you are wonderfully smart, so how about we exercise the synapses.

I was thinking that we can develop a crowd funding type project that she can do (with help from behind the curtain) that is in some way pet related community oriented charity work.

Welcome back you two!

Helium question

Okay, here is a pondering for my science friends.

Since we are rapidly coming up on no longer being able to buy helium on a general consumer level, I got to thinking.

Yes, that can be a scary thing.

If helium is an element and is so light that it passes through our atmosphere, I have to assume that the helium that we find in the oil and natural gas deposits were trapped there when the Earth formed.

If it is said to be so light that it passes through our atmosphere, why isn’t there a layer of our atmosphere that is almost pure helium that could be collected is need be?

Surely is is not really passing through our atmosphere into the vacuum of space.

Yes, I was really surprised by the existence of a US helium reserve, then to find out that it was going to be ending for public consumption. I expected that private companies would have jumped on this market. Perhaps they will once the supplies start drying up and the market for it builds. We went through a ton of it doing balloon arches and streamers when I work in the car sales business. (Blah)

Shitlist nominee

State Senator Ed Murray
The Washington Dream Act must fail.
When does it become acceptable to reward CRIMINAL behavior?

Sir, I will gladly tout the need for your demise in the next election.
You and your supporters need to stop trying to aid and abet criminals.

Until we actually develop a fucking backbone, people will illegaly enter the United States and steal from our citizenry as well as those who come legally to make a better life for themselves and well as their family.

Just because we legalized marijuana does not mean that we are too stoned to see common sense!

Perhaps we need to take a closer look at your record for other crackpot legislation. Do you have a history of poor decision making?

I am for education, and I am for kids, but they need to be here legally. Once the individual gets a green card, we can talk about benefits. At this point the fact that they are not being departed is a hell of a benefit. Yes, I understand that it was their parents who broke the law initially.  If my dad, were to drag me along while he ran into a store to rob and store the store clerk, I would be facing life for felony murder. Why should they get off scott free? find them, deport them, and be done with it.

Why should we be saddled with 300-350 million dollars worth of expenses (for the next two years) so that we can educate the children of criminals?


Research pair finds global warming matched predictions from 1990



Is this an indication that we are doomed, or that global warming is part of the natural cycle of the earth and we can’t do anything to alter it?


The article mentions that in 20 years the average temperature has risen .35 degrees Celsius, very close to the prediction. But the original scientist that made that prediction couldn’t have know to factor in the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo, the sudden reduction in gasses from Russia or the rise of China as an industrial giant, etc. Though the article attributes this to the “High caliber” of the original scientist, unless that caliber enabled them to see the future events that is not a likely scenario. Isn’t it more likely that “Global warming” isn’t man made or man influenced? And just how much of a difference will ~1 degree make over 40 years, if it continues? Remember, it was the same scientific groups that blamed man-made carbon emissions in the 1970s for the fall in global temperatures, and the beginning of the new ice age, that never happened.

Dietary changes

Over the last year, have you made dietary changes?

Are there any positive changes to your diet that you have found to be easy or quite beneficial?


I think that many of us WANT to make healthy (healthier) changes, but become overwhelmed when trying to make those choices.

I know that I stood one day in near tears trying to find a salad dressing that was acceptable to my tongue as well as my waist. I found that tossing the salad with a responsible amount of dressing worked out well. It certainly prevents the drowning of the greens that I commonly see.

Do they think that we are idiots?

This article is based on a site that was forwarded to to me. (http://consumerist.com/2012/05/has-the-grocery-shrink-ray-turned-saltines-round.html)

Perhaps this is just another case of the pendulum swinging. We see it with the courts and legislation, why not the retail market?

We saw portion sizes increase over a generation or two, until Supersize Me came along an showed people how bad things were getting. (BTW the guy in Supersize Me must have been a pansy since he could not last a month on fast food, but I went roughly 18 months without a home cooked meal)

Remember when we used to buy ice cream by the half gallon? Now it is not that easy to FIND a half gallon container.

This year the boxes of girl scout cookies were in smaller packages and a higher price. I am done with them unless I just WANT a box when they are standing outside the store. The troops only get 25 or 50 cents per box, granted they are relying on volume, but shit!  Plain old macaroni, we could get a 3 pound (?) bag, now I am seeing a pound and a half or one pound…

Is the market shrinking the sizes of the packages to make more variety available in the stores?

Is this just  away to sneak a price increase past the multitudes of sheeple?

Should Affirmative Action for state university enrollment be continued?

This is more than should it have been used in the first place (kind of like the war in Iraq, we are already there (yes, I am aware we have withdrawn now)).

This is whether or not we should keep affirmative action in schools. (Employment may be a question later)