Maryland Abandons Ballistic Fingerprinting: Spent Millions, Solved No Crimes.

May 7th, 2016

After 15 years, $5 Million in tax payer dollars Maryland is abandoning their ballistic fingerprinting law.   The law required every new gun sold in the state to have a fired casing submitted to the state to have it’s unique characteristics logged into a database and purportedly used to solve crimes.

Except it didn’t work.  Fortunately, though it took 15 years, they’ve realized it didn’t work and have now abandoned it as useless.

“If there was any evidence whatsoever — any evidence — that this was helpful in solving crimes, we wouldn’t have touched it,” Zirkin said. “The police came in and said it was useless. No one contradicted that.”

Source: Maryland spent millions on gun database that solved no crimes. – Baltimore Sun

New research reveals sun benefits

May 3rd, 2016

Raise your hand if you didn’t see this coming? Year after year we’ve been preached to how we must wear sun screen like spackle it’s no wonder we’re sickly.

And, this isn’t just about vitamin D…

Even taking the skin-cancer risk fully into account, scientists say that getting a good dose of sunshine is statistically going to make us live longer, healthier and happier lives.

Source: New research reveals sun benefits that AREN’T linked to vitamin D | Daily Mail Online

So after so many years of SUN BAD! the course is changing as Big Science admits that sunshine is GOOD FOR YOU – or most of us anyway since there are always exceptions.  The article notes

  • Lack of sun as bad as smoking
  • Older people need more sun
  • Sun helps reduce inflammation
  • Sun may stop you from getting fat
  • Can help kids’ eyesight
  • May help you live longer

And just maybe, one of these days, they’ll realize it causes global warming, too, but I don’t think they’re quite ready for that.

Police think pundit’s death was suicide

May 1st, 2016

I have read Gary’s blog almost since the beginning, RIP Gary.

His last post on his Advance Indiana blog now seems ominous: “If I’m not around to see the vote results…”

Source: Police think pundit’s death was suicide

 

 

Manners and Spirit of the People

March 31st, 2016

<i>”It is the manners and spirit of a people which preserve a republic in vigor. A degeneracy in these is a canker which soon eats to the heart of its laws and constitution.”</i>

Thomas Jefferson (1781)

The Academic Impostor Behind the Pit Bull Hysteria

June 15th, 2015

It has to be something monumental for me to link to HuffPo… but I’ve watched the pit bull hysteria for a few years and have marveled how the techniques are those same ones used by the anti-gun or global warming skeptic crowd (among others). So it’s no surprise at all to find out the Academic behind the Pit Bull Hysteria is an imposter like many of their ilk.

Meet Rooney

April 2nd, 2015

Checking up on Memphis it’s good to see he’s been adopted out. Looking through the current list and Rooney really caught my eye….

Update: Memphis was adopted very shortly after this post.

 

Asylum for the Persecuted

April 2nd, 2015

“This new world hath been the asylum for the persecuted lovers of civil and religious liberty from every part of Europe. Hither have they fled, not from the tender embraces of the mother, but from the cruelty of the monster; and it is so far true of England, that the same tyranny which drove the first emigrants from home, pursues their descendants still.”

Thomas Paine, Common Sense, 1776

Eternal Bureaucracy

March 12th, 2015

“A government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we’ll ever see on this earth” – Ronald Reagan

Meet Memphis

February 6th, 2015

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Wish I had room at the hideaway to bring this fellow home for my girls to play with. Ginger probably wouldn’t be a fan but I’m sure Dora would fall for him quickly.. or at least until he tried to cozy up to me on HER sofa…

Update: Memphis has found his forever home!

Those “In Network” Medical Insurance Discounts

February 6th, 2015

During a recent trip to the doc I was given a short list of tests the doc wanted. I was told I could just wander anytime into lab at the regional hospital where the doc’s office is, no appointment necessary! Sounds convenient, no? But, being the regional hospital I questioned the sanity of not price shopping so put the missus on a mission to do so and the results will astound anyone who’s not been paying attention.

Of the 4 tests 3 were only about twice the price but one test was 6.7X more. Worse, it’s one of the most common tests out there for men.

Total price for the 4 tests at the regional hospital walk in lab was $445. Same tests at the local retail lab? $105.

Folks want to know what’s wrong with the cost of medicine these days? This is only a small example…


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