Monday, August 31, 2015


(h/t Gary Legum)

This reminds me that about half 1/3rd of the people in my apartment building are also imbeciles:
Gerry Callahan, who described himself as a "100 percent disabled, combat-decorated Vietnam veteran," was likewise eager for Trump to arrive, if for no other reason than he presented a stark contrast to the current administration. "Who do you have in there now? He avoided the draft. He was at Harvard at the time. What an idiot," he said, referring to president Obama.
The last draft occurred on December 7, 1972 and Pres. Obama had turned 11 the previous August.

Sunday, August 30, 2015


Minor note: I am a paid circulator to get signatures on a petition to legalize recreational marijuana in Arizona.

A Rocky Mountain poll conducted between April 29th and May 10th revealed that 53% of adult heads of households approved legalizing marijuana for personal use.  Of the 701 people polled, only 457 were registered voters, so this may not necessarily bode well fori the initiative.  The results for voters have a 4.7% margin of error.

I was intrigued by this result:
Strongest support for legalizing possession is found in rural Arizona (58%) and in Maricopa County (53%) The public in Pima County also favors such legalization but by a lower ratio of 47 to 43 percent.

In Arizona, we generally consider Maricopa to be more conservative than Pima and in rural areas, a few of my acquaintances have reported extreme conservatism. I initially thought that the libertarians in Maricopa may account for the difference in support but Maricopa County registration figures show that libertarians don't have the numbers to account for the difference between counties:

Maricopa County Voter Registration Totals

Supervisorial Districts

SUPERVISORIAL DISTRICT 1 /MCCCD/SPHCD ACTIVE 156,905 107,510 4,320 81 593 165,582 133 434,991
INACTIVE 13,973 14,203 784 12 215 24,736 53,923
SUPERVISORIAL DISTRICT 2 /MCCCD/SPHCD ACTIVE 188,676 91,016 3,600 73 432 163,514 151 447,311
INACTIVE 15,500 11,162 570 5 165 21,752 49,154
SUPERVISORIAL DISTRICT 3 /MCCCD/SPHCD ACTIVE 142,187 101,807 3,904 80 547 142,247 155 390,772
INACTIVE 10,642 11,036 551 8 160 17,874 40,271
SUPERVISORIAL DISTRICT 4 /MCCCD/SPHCD ACTIVE 166,486 104,112 3,193 67 354 161,144 162 435,356
INACTIVE 14,645 12,502 462 5 94 21,535 49,243
SUPERVISORIAL DISTRICT 5 /MCCCD/SPHCD ACTIVE 44,177 111,493 2,784 39 289 116,836 123 275,618
INACTIVE 5,021 14,771 505 4 83 18,080 38,464
GRAND TOTALS: ACTIVE 698,431 515,938 17,801 340 2,215 749,323 724 1,984,048
INACTIVE 59,781 63,674 2,872 34 717 103,977 231,055

Saturday, August 29, 2015


Politifact checked Nicholas Kristof's claim that "More Americans have died from guns in the United States since 1968 than on battlefields of all the wars in American history." and found that it is TRUE!!! -
There have been 1,516,863 gun-related deaths since 1968, compared to 1,396,733 cumulative war deaths since the American Revolution. That’s 120,130 more gun deaths than war deaths -- about 9 percent more, or nearly four typical years worth of gun deaths. And that’s using the most generous scholarly estimate of Civil War deaths, the biggest component of American war deaths.
It's suicide by gun that accounts for most of these deaths:
In fact, homicides represent a minority of gun deaths, with suicides comprising the biggest share. In 2013, according to CDC data, 63 percent of gun-related deaths were from suicides, 33 percent were from homicides, and roughly 1 percent each were from accidents, legal interventions and undetermined causes.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015


This time, the woman is from California:
Cheryl Burns, 60, was on a road trip from California when she heard that Trump would be in Alabama. She turned her car around and got in line, warning people of what happened to states when liberals took them over.

“There is no more California,” Burns said. “It’s now international, lawless territory. Everything is up for grabs. Illegal aliens are murdering people there. People are being raped. Trump isn’t lying about anything — the rest of the country just hasn’t found out yet.”
It's as if California were in a different solar system.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015


Our military is apparently up to its old tricks (cf. The Pentagon Papers):
Inquiry Weighs Whether ISIS Analysis Was Distorted


WASHINGTON — The Pentagon’s inspector general is investigating allegations that military officials have skewed intelligence assessments about the United States-led campaign in Iraq against the Islamic State to provide a more optimistic account of progress, according to several officials familiar with the inquiry.

The investigation began after at least one civilian Defense Intelligence Agency analyst told the authorities that he had evidence that officials at United States Central Command — the military headquarters overseeing the American bombing campaign and other efforts against the Islamic State — were improperly reworking the conclusions of intelligence assessments prepared for policy makers, including President Obama, the government officials said.
The article also has a link to a DIA publication about the Vietnam tragedy.

UPDATE: This book & excerpt are also relevant


The Donald will continue to do well in the polls as long as there are enough deluded people, like this woman:
"That’s what the American people are feeling right now. Nobody’s listening to us. ... He’s listening to us. He knows what we’re thinking because he is one of us."

Monday, August 24, 2015

Sunday, August 23, 2015


I've been expecting conservatives ideologues to be completely discredited by themselves for several years and until now I have been disappointed but there is hope:
Mark Levin attacks Ann Coulter
Ann Coulter attacks Bill O'Reilly
Glenn Beck attacks Limbaugh, Hannity & Coulter