Not All Public Health Issues….

.are the same. Apparently, some are just run of the mill news stories that don’t get the 24/7 coverage.

Nearly three dozen cases of Legionnaires’ disease, a severe, often lethal, form of pneumonia spread through the air, have been reported in the Bronx over the last two weeks in what the Health Department is calling a concerning “unusual increase” in cases.

Thirty-one cases have been reported in south Bronx neighborhoods, primarily in High Bridge, Morrisania, Hunts Point and Mott Haven, since July 10, the Health Department said. Two of the people stricken with the condition died.

One or two people get shot and the anti-rights crowd goes into over-drive using the deaths. 31 people sick and 2 deaths in just over two weeks and this is barely getting any attention; please don’t tell me the media doesn’t have an anti-gun agenda.

Or how about this ‘mass murder‘?

Two teenage boys were taken into custody early Thursday after running from the back door of a house in eastern Oklahoma where five of their relatives were found stabbed to death, according to police.

Sgt. Thomas Cooper, of the Broken Arrow Police Department, said officers had been summoned to the residence late Wednesday by a “open 911 call,” in which no one spoke after dialing the emergency line.

After tracing the call, police sent units to the home in the leafy bedroom community of Broken Arrow, southeast of Tulsa.

Police said the teens — ages 16 and 18 — were seen running from the house and were tracked down to a small park area behind the house about an hour later by a K-9 unit.

Could any of the news anchors tell you the name of the murderers and what problems they had? Probably none outside of Oklahoma. Just doesn’t get the same coverage as 2 people shot in a movie theater; even with a higher body count.

Don’t tell me the media doesn’t have an anti-gun agenda.

I understand the media can only report so much (despite some of them having 24 hours a day to fill) but the obvious bias in their reporting is disgusting. Auto collisions with multiple fatalities run for a day in local areas unless there is a sensational hook; drowning deaths barely get mentioned before the anchors toss it over to Chip for the rush hour traffic. Don’t tell me the media doesn’t have an anti-gun agenda.

We probably will not be able to change the media; too big too focused on the bottom line – profitability – to really care about the truth or the less sensational stories. What we can do is keep pointing out their bias, keep trying to check their slant at least a little. We can use their story selection and wording to point out the issue to the less informed. It is slow progress but it can make a difference.

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Can Kicked – Again

Looks like the  issue of Greece’s debt and economy has been pushed back for a little while longer

After months of acrimony, Greece finally clinched a bailout agreement with its European creditors on Monday that will, if implemented, secure the country’s place in the euro and avoid financial collapse.

The terms of the deal, however, will be painful both for Greeks and their radical left-led government, which since its election in January had vowed to stand up to the creditors and reject the budget cuts they have been demanding.

I wonder how the people who suffered from the banking restrictions, the unrest feel about their leaders making essentially the same deal that was offered months ago.

Does anyone really think the latest round of bailout will make a difference?

Greece had requested a three-year, 53.5 billion-euro ($59.5 billion) financial package, but that number grew larger by tens of billions as the negotiations dragged on and the leaders calculated how much Greece will need to stay solvent.

Greece has received two previous bailouts, totaling 240 billion euros ($268 billion), in return for deep spending cuts, tax increases and reforms from successive governments. Although the country’s annual budget deficit has come down dramatically, Greece’s debt burden has increased as the economy has shrunk by a quarter.

They’ve already did the same thing twice already. Starting to look like a bad real life version of “Ground Hog Day” without the principals actually learning anything.
Not in Greece, not in the Eurozone, not in America or China. No one seems to be taking the issue to heart and making actual reform or changes to stave off disaster.

I hope that I’m just being alarmist here. What do you think about the state of the economy?

 

One Of The Reasons – Bernie Sanders

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is running to Hillary Clinton’s left on nearly every other issue — but says he can “bring us to the middle” on guns.

His idea of the center and mine are a little different. I would really not like to see what

But he touted several other votes, pointing to his support for banning semi-automatic weapons, for instant background checks for gun owners and for doing away with loopholes that allow buyers at gun shows to skirt some regulations.

Yeah, I don’t think touting past votes to ban semi-automatic weapons, for closing the ‘gun show loophole’ is anywhere near moving to the center. I would like to see some of his proposals for ‘bringing us to the middle’ on guns. Unfortunately his presidential bid website doesn’t seem to address that issue yet.

He said there’s a major difference between Vermont, a rural state with little gun control where hunting is a way of life, and cities like Chicago, where guns are used by gangs.
“Folks who do not like guns is fine. But we have millions of people who are gun owners in this country — 99.9% of those people obey the law,” Sanders said.

Yes Senator Sanders — there is a difference between the location and the infrastructure but the people are the same for most part. You have fewer gangs in Chicago but the only reason firearms are used mostly by the criminals there is really simple; the law abiding were forbidden to use them until very recently ! Surely those same people who are law abiding in Vermont would be law abiding in Chicago right?

“I want to see real, serious debate and action on guns, but it is not going to take place if we simply have extreme positions on both sides. I think I can bring us to the middle.”

Gun bans on the most common semi-automatic rifle (if he is only taking about banning ‘assault rifles’) isn’t ‘extreme’? Come on Senator Sanders; at least acknowledge the fact your position is already on the far side of what makes up the middle ground.

You might have some great ideas but this issue, combined with others I’ll explore later, keeps me from taking you serious as a candidate I could vote for.

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Government Competency?

Yeah, that is the reason why I want to trust my life only to the government by letting them have the only firearms (besides the criminals) – the government always gets things right……

PLANO — News 8 has learned that a federal grand jury in the Eastern District of Texas illegally charged 109 people in 2011 and 2013. The jury stayed in session because of a bureaucratic error after its term had expired.

Federal grand juries evaluate evidence presented to them by prosecutors and decide whether to issue criminal charges against suspects. The juries — which operate in secret — consist of 23 people, selected from the general population. Each jury is empaneled for 18 or 24 months.

The Plano grand juries passed the 24-month mark and continued to indict into their 25th month, nullifying charges made during that month.

“We concede that we’ve made a mistake,” Bales told News 8.

Although there are several grand juries in the sprawling Eastern District, only the Plano panels exceeded their 24-month limit.

Not one grand jury panel but two in a row went past their allotted time. And the people enforcing the law set such great examples, don’t they?

PLANO — A Plano police officer who was arrested Wednesday morning now faces charges of driving while intoxicated and evading police.

Byron Betler, a 10-year veteran of the department, had crashed his vehicle near the corner of Hedgecoxe and Robinson roads. He was off-duty when he was arrested by his colleagues. 

Details about how the department’s 2006 Rookie of the Year attempted to evade police were not available.

 

Look I understand this is probably not typical of the way the federal government or most officers act. The problem is there are enough examples of both types of bad behaviors for people to realize that the government can not always be counted on to get things right. Human beings are fallible; systems of governance made up of human beings are also.

If there is going to be the possibility of the government not getting it right; I simply want the government to be the back up regarding my safety and that of my family.

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Unintended Consequences?

I’m always amazed at how people don’t seem to be able to think things through.

Los Angeles (CNN)In drought-punished Southern California, with the unceremonious push of a steely sodbuster, another lawn bites the dust.

That’s one down, and a sprawl to go.

Here in the land of perpetual sunshine, up to 5,000 residential lawns now vanish each month, converted into drought-resistant gardens and yards in under cash incentives, says the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD), a consortium of water utilities serving 17 million people.

It’s all part of“the nation’s largest turf removal and water conservation program”whose budget was more than quadrupled in May, to $450 million, because of a homeowner rush to save water, the district says.

Yeah, let’s put the focus on the homeowner’s rush to save water and not the MWD’s drive to save their business.  The article indicates that the program will “save more than 70 million gallons of water over 10 years — enough water for 160,000 households” — but are they considering the impact such actions will have?

Climate is controlled at ground level by turfgrasses as they cool temperatures appreciably, thus working as exterior “air conditioners.”  

Dust and smoke particles from the atmosphere are trapped by turf which helps keep the air cleaner.

Noise is absorbed by grass areas which cut down on excessive sound, a growing problem in urban areas.

For example, grassed slopes beside lowered expressways reduce noise 8-10 decibels.

Pollutants, such as carbon dioxide and sulfur dioxide, are absorbed by turfgrasses thereby rendering the air fit to breathe. 

So instead of having CO2 sinks in our cities; we are going to increase the urban heat effect, increase the amount of pollution and dust in the area and increase the noise level. Gee, won’t it be such fun living in those areas?

 

 

Couple of Questions Mr. Obama.

……you said these types of killings don’t happen in other developed countries.

Gunmen stormed a beer hall in northern Mexico in broad daylight on Friday, killing 10 people before stripping the bodies and stealing all their money, police said.

Several armed men arrived in two vehicles before attacking people inside the bar in the municipality of Garcia at around 3pm, an official in the state prosecutor’s office said.

The assailants stripped seven bodies naked and left with 10,000 pesos ($650) in cash, the official said on condition of anonymity.

So does this killing not count because Mexico isn’t “developed”?
Or does it not count because there wasn’t an obvious race issue involved?
Or does it not count because Mexico has the type of restrictive gun control laws you only dream about?

Didn’t the NRA Stop…

….all the firearm related research?

I mean that is what the anti-rights cultists claim all the time. So exactly how does this happen?

Editor’s Note: Mary Vriniotis is a researcher at the American Institutes for Research in Washington, D.C. She has more than a decade of experience researching and writing about the prevention of firearms-related violence. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

 

How does someone have a decade of experience researching about the prevention of firearm related violence? Of course she isn’t the only one researching the issue either. Some others have been making up stuff researching the issue for decades.

Slate contacted Garen Wintemute, director of the Violence Prevention Research Program at the University of California, Davis Medical Center. For over 30 years, he has studied firearm violence and published more than 100 studies in the field.

I was surprised to learn what the language in the restriction against the CDC actually said.

PT: Have other agencies besides the CDC also been intimidated by funding this type of research?

GW: I’ll let the agencies discuss whether they’ve been intimidated or simply prevented or prohibited. The statutory language, which remains in appropriations legislation for the Department of Health and Human Services to this day, is that “none of the funds made available in this title may be used, in whole or in part, to advocate or promote gun control.” I think it’s fair to say that this language has been interpreted at times to mean that none of the funds could be used to support research that, depending on its findings, might be used in support of efforts to alter current firearm policy.

Not a prohibition against the research but against pushing for gun control. A significant distinction in the mind of liberty minded folks but I’m sure the anti-rights cultists don’t see it that way.

So Mr. or Ms. Anti-rights Cultists; how do you explain decades of firearm related research some of it funded by our government?