Chalk up another one for the good guys with guns.
Pine County Deputies responded to the home of an elderly man on reports of a shooting.
When they got there the homeowner told them that two men had entered his house on the Fox road near Sandstone in what appeared to be a robbery attempt.
The Sheriff’s office reports at least one of the suspects was armed with a handgun and confronted the homeowner. The homeowner grabbed a handgun of his own and shot the armed suspect killing him.
For those that do not understand why I take David Frum to task over many self-defense stories, allow me to explain. Frum had a fun old-time mocking the idea that anyone actually uses a gun in self-defense after the Newtown shootings, so, I responded by tweeting links to self-defense stories to Frum. He never responded, so, I take every opportunity to poke the cowardly little snot who pretends to be a Conservative while he kisses Liberal’s asses at Beltway cocktail parties.
And for those of you who might be thinking that I have a genuine hatred for Frum, you are correct. I have less respect for Frum than I do for those who admit they are Liberal. At least they are up front with their ideology.
It seems that a Yale professor did a study about political outlooks and science comprehension, you know, the kind of study snotty, self-assured Liberals love to quote. Well, it turns out that Tea Party people, who are CONSERVATIVES for the most part, have a better knowledge of science. H’T Fritz
Because the “asymmetry thesis” just won’t leave me alone, I decided it would be sort of interesting to see what the relationship was between a “science comprehension” scale I’ve been developing and political outlooks…
It turns out that there is about as strong a correlation between scores on the science comprehension scale and identifying with the Tea Party as there is between scores on the science comprehension scale and Conservrepub.
Except that it has the opposite sign: that is, identifying with the Tea Party correlates positively (r = 0.05, p = 0.05) with scores on the science comprehension measure:
The professor shows signs of an open mind, which is good, of course he is not climbing out of his Liberal closet just yet
I’ve got to confess, though, I found this result surprising. As I pushed the button to run the analysis on my computer, I fully expected I’d be shown a modest negative correlation between identifying with the Tea Party and science comprehension.
But then again, I don’t know a single person who identifies with the Tea Party. All my impressions come from watching cable tv — & I don’t watch Fox News very often — and reading the “paper” (New York Times daily, plus a variety of politics-focused internet sites like Huffington Post & Politico).
I’m a little embarrassed, but mainly I’m just glad that I no longer hold this particular mistaken view.
But not really embarrassed enough to reconsider his other biases…
Of course, I still subscribe to my various political and moral assessments–all very negative– of what I understand the “Tea Party movement” to stand for. I just no longer assume that the people who happen to hold those values are less likely than people who share my political outlooks to have acquired the sorts of knowledge and dispositions that a decent science comprehension scale measures.
Baby steps professor, baby steps
When it comes to whether the economy has recovered from the Great Recession, many Americans are optimistic. After all, consumers are spending more, there are fewer home foreclosures, and an average of 180,000 jobs were added each month in 2013; all of these are good signs. But what about the other aspects of the economy, like the length of unemployment or the national debt? Are they back to where they were in 2008, before the recession? Here are 16 stats that show that our economy still has a long way to go before it can truly be considered healthy again.
#1 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Employment
1.4 million jobs have been created in 2013. Great, right? Not really when we’re seeing more part-time jobs. And this is before ObamaCare has even been implemented.
#2 Unemployment Rate
Could there be a more misleading statistic? I don’t think so. With a shrinking denominator (workforce) you can blame whoever you want, but we still aren’t to pre-2008 levels.
#3 Labor Force Participation Rate
The Labor Force Participation Rate is now at its lowest level since 1978. This is bad. Sure, some of it may be due to baby boomers retiring, but that doesn’t explain this massive and consistent slide downwards.
#4-7 Characteristics of Unemployment
It takes 20 more weeks for Americans to find a new job than it would have in 2008. The number of unemployed over 27 weeks has nearly tripled. Involuntary part-time workers are up about 50%. SPIN THIS, LIBS!
#8 Unemployment by Demographic
HOW DO DEMOCRATS NOT UNDERSTAND? Completely unrelated: Why did Hispanics, blacks, and young people overwhelmingly vote for Obama again?
Fewer homeowners. More renters. Lower median household income. Still loving that Hope and Change, or do you feel like you got duped by a teleprompter reading pseudo-rockstar that should be organizing communities instead?
#11-13 Debt and Government
$16 trillion in debt. That means we don’t produce (GDP) as much in one year as we owe in debt. And Obama and Democrats want to raise the debt ceiling?? No wonder a minority of people trust the President and Congress.
#14-16 Business and Industry
So Obama’s policies pad the pockets of the rich who benefit from Wall Street? Neat. Isn’t that the same artificiality that got us in this mess in the first place? At least consumer confidence is up…