Simple subtraction: 299,170 deaths that were not suicide and were by firearm. (Does Valenti think that people who were going to shoot themselves will, in the absence of a gun, seek counseling, write a book, and get on Oprah?) But let’s break it down further. Do we mind if a cop shoots a crazy person on a killing spree? or if a homeowner shoots dead a rapist/robber? Because that’s another 4,977 deaths during that time period that really have little place in anti-gun hysteria. Another source points out that there are only about 11,000 firearm-related homicides every year – the majority of firearm-related deaths are from suicide, police, or self-defence.
zero people in Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Kuwait accidentally killed someone with a firearm;
for almost two dozen countries, the number of firearm related suicides is “not applicable”;
three countries, including Iceland, have a “not applicable” homicide rate with firearms;
it is totally rational to do a straight-up comparison of countries when some data are from 1993, some from 2012, and the rest, from any random year in between. That is not cherry-picking to obtain the desired result.
Stop. Make the hilarity stop. I’m laughing and the cat is scared.
Note to college co-eds: if you spend your years learning about vibrators, dildos, and how the patriarchy is scared of your amazing sexuality, then do not be surprised when strip clubs are the only places that will offer you paid employment when you graduate. (Also be aware that shaking your chest in a rich man’s face for money is a step up from what you did in college, which is to shake your chest in soon-to-be-rich accounting major’s face for free.) A final word of advice: do not let your paying clients know that most women your age do not charge for such services, under the belief that giving them out for free is “empowering”. You do not need to study economics to feel the effects of it.
Okay, that was harsh. But I spent my college years studying engineering, and, not surprisingly, I had an engineering job upon graduation. As much as “feminist” college co-eds may beg to differ, the respectable job market prefers to hire women who spent their Friday nights learning surface chemistry and thermodynamics, not those who spent their time learning about the myriad uses for butt plugs or who “explored their sexuality.” I’m wondering how those interviews would go….
Interviewer: What skills would you bring to the company, which focuses on financial planning?
Co-Ed: I know a lot about vibrators and how they free women from repressive, Judeo-Christian sexual mores; surely, there’s a transferable skill there.
There is a lot more to the Blizzard of 2013 than the two videos you have seen so far. There is the prep of getting what you need:
Like Ice melt
and flashlights (which Bob tests before they go out).
There was the calm before the storm
The Fifth Street Diner proclaimed they would be open when the snow came
Proud words, but then the snow came
A lot of snow
So I went down to see if the 5th street diner folk made it in:
The Plow Drivers were in to eat
as were some people in the neighborhood
But the coolest person was Norma
I don’t know about walking in the snow to school years ago but she sure walked in snow to get breakfast.
When it comes down to it, Their business is how they pay the rent, if they aren’t open the bills aren’t paid so when people talk about Americans not willing to work, that certainly doesn’t include these folk.
We have reached the weekly goal for Week Number #1 of operation paycheck Any of this week’s excess goes to the monthly goal (shown at left) Thanks to all who have assured me of that $300 (sans Paypal fees) paycheck this week. If I can do that every week then the show can go on!