Archive for July 2012

Bloody Hands

The NY Daily News has some stupid shit to say:

Standing at Holmes’ side as he unleashed an AR-15 assault rifle and a shotgun and a handgun was Wayne LaPierre, political enforcer of the National Rifle Association.

Standing at Holmes’ side as he sprayed bullets and buckshot into a crowded movie theater were Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, a President and a would-be President, who have bowed to the NRA’s dictates and who responded to the slaughter Friday with revolting, useless treacle.

They also post a cartoon, which is actually the only thing in the article that is correct — but not the way they intended:

Because that’s 100% accurate.  But it would be more clear if it said, “Restricted to use in places where the victims have been disarmed.”

That’s what all those places have in common.  The little “No Guns Allowed” sign.  You see, Cinemark is highly concealed carry hostile.  Someone in that theater could have stopped him after just a few shots… if the sort of law-abiding person who would do that had been allowed the tools to do it.

You’re never going to see a mass shooting like this a police station.  It’s not going to happen at a gun show.  Or a gun shop.  Why?  Because even loons know that the people in those places are armed and will fight back.  He went there because he knew he would be able to just stand there and keep shooting, with no repercussions until he was done.

Because they made sure that virtually everyone, Holmes included, has unfettered legal access to heavy weaponry. And they made sure he was permitted by law to drive to the kill scene with a fully loaded arsenal.

And people like you made sure that everyone was trussed up neatly in a bundle for him to shoot at, unable to fight back.

There was Columbine — amazingly, just down the road from Aurora — where two severely disaffected high school students gunned down 13.

Concealed carry prohibited by state and federal law, because it was a school.

There was Virginia Tech, where a student who had been diagnosed with a severe anxiety disorder murdered 32 and wounded 17 on two rampages.

Concealed carry prohibited by university policy and state law.

Lower death tolls — two, three, four, five — in offices, parks and restaurants slip from memory as awful but routine, cause for momentary pain and nothing more.

How about these lower death tolls that “slip from memory?”  How about the Pearl High School Shooting?  Two dead, with the shooter on the way to another school to shoot even younger students.  He was stopped by the Vice-principal, who ignored the school policy and kept a pistol in his car.  Let’s talk about the Appalachian School of Law shooting, with three dead.  The shooter was actively stalking more victims when he was confronted by other armed students.  Let’s talk, in fact, about the New Life Church in Colorado Springs, just down the road from Aurora.  Another active shooter, who had already killed 2, stopped by a parishioner with a concealed handgun.

They slip from your memory because you can’t bathe in their blood, you victim creating monster.

Once, federal law would have kept Holmes’ hands off a superdeadly weapon like the AR-15. In 1994, under President Bill Clinton, Congress outlawed the manufacture and possession of assault weapons, but the statute had a 10-year expiration date.

No, it wouldn’t have.  “possession of assault weapons” was never banned.  Just the sale of weapons with certain cosmetic features.  He would have had no more trouble getting a different, cosmetically different but functionally the same weapon.  And even if he hadn’t been able to do that, he could have done more damage with some tow chains padlocked to the doors, a few gallons of gasoline and a matchbook.

By the way, it took 16 minutes for the police to respond.  No medical help is allowed until the police have secured the scene.  How is that plan of waiting for the police supposed to work there?  He could have been using muskets and killed 12 with that much time.

The Mystery of the Urinal Deuce

So I have seen these around.  Our office has them, and a lot of public buildings have them.

It says, “Pull handle up for liquid waste, push handle down for solid waste.”  Makes sense, and I fully support it.

So why are they on the urinals at Ft. McHenry?

Billy Obama

Obama had this to say:

 If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help.  There was a great teacher somewhere in your life.  Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive.  Somebody invested in roads and bridges.  If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that.  Somebody else made that happen.  The Internet didn’t get invented on its own.  Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet.

This is the only appropriate response:


How Health Care is Politicized

You may or may not have heard that Texas scored last on Obama’s Health and Human Services’ latest report on healthcare by state.  Of course, like any ranking, it really comes down to what you are measuring.  So what does the study measure?

Summary measures of quality of care and States’ performances relative to all States and the region by:

  • Overall health care quality
  • Types of care (preventive, acute, and chronic)
  • Settings of care (hospitals, ambulatory care, nursing home, and home health)
  • Five clinical conditions (cancer, diabetes, heart disease, maternal and child health, and respiratory diseases)
  • Special focus areas on diabetes, asthma, Healthy People 2020, clinical preventive services, disparities, payer, and variation over time

Notice that the outcomes of the care isn’t mentioned.  In fact, it seems to be weighted very, very low.  This study essentially measures how much time people spend in doctor’s offices and hospitals, and how much money they spend.

In fact, in many of the subject studied, such as diabetes and preventative care, outcomes aren’t even measured.

Texas is scored average for cancer care.  But what do we have in the Above-Average category?  “All cancer deaths.”  “Prostate cancer deaths.”  “Lung Cancer deaths.”  In fact, in all the outcome based measurements, Texas scores above average.  What drags down the score?  Not performing as much breast cancer surgery.  Not doing as many Pap tests and colonoscopies.  Well, if are are doing much less of this and still getting better results, what does that tells us about those procedures?  It seems to me that they don’t have much effect on outcomes.  At the end of the day, Texas is average to above-average on cancer deaths.  The end.

On diabetes, Texas is scored poorly, mainly on admissions to the hospital for diabetes and related complications.   No place in the diabetes section does it appear that there is any measure of outcomes.  Heart disease is a similar story to cancer — Texas does poorly on bypass, CHF and angiopathy deaths, but is average on other outcomes based results.  Prenatal care is scored highly, but one of the complaints is about first trimester care.  If everything else does well, doesn’t that suggest that first trimester care isn’t terribly important?

On respiratory diseases, Texas is average on pneumonia deaths, which is the only outcome based measurement I see.  In this system, however, being average on outcomes only gets you to “weak”, if you aren’t running around immunizing everyone you see.

Overall, this study measures one thing — how often do you go to the doctor, and how much time do you spend in the hospital.  In other words, how much money are you spending on doctors.  HHS has released this study for one reason — to be propaganda for more government spending on healthcare.  I suspect that the measurements were massaged to get Texas to rate low simply because we led the pushback on Obama’s takeover of the state agencies.

Anderson Cooper

Looks like he finally decided to come out.  Maybe this therapy session had something to do with it.